Kanter’s father released by Turkish government

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According to a report by the Associated Press, Enes Kanter’s father, Mehmet, has been released from custody by the Turkish government. He had been held since June 2 when the police raided his home in Istanbul. The arrest was widely presumed to be due to Enes Kanter’s devout following of Fethullah Gülen, the leader of Turkey’s opposition movement, and continued outspokenness toward Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Via AP:

“Media reports say the father of NBA basketball player Enes Kanter has been released from police custody in Turkey, where he was detained as part of an investigation into alleged links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.

The private Dogan news agency said university professor Mehmet Kanter was released Wednesday after five days in custody on condition that he regularly report to a police station.”

Kanter has yet to verify the news himself, but it appears as though there will be brief relief in regard to his father. Mehmet was set to undergo interrogation on Thursday, but his release should help avoid that — on the condition that he meet with Turkish police on a regular basis.