1. Former International footballer Hakan Sukur suspected in Turkey Coup case; arrest warrant issued

Former International footballer Hakan Sukur suspected in Turkey Coup case; arrest warrant issued

Turkey, on Thursday, issued a warrant against former football star Hakan Sukur and Member of parliament, as a part of the investigation into the coup attempt on July 15 earlier this year.

By: | Published: August 12, 2016 6:04 PM
hakan sukur arrest, arrest hakan sukur, turkey coup hakan sukur, galatasaray hakan sukur, hakan sukur goals Sukur was the most successful goal scorer in Turkey National team history, finding the net 51 times in the 112 matches, he represented the team in. (Reuters)

Turkey, on Thursday, issued a warrant against former football star Hakan Sukur and Member of parliament, as a part of the investigation into the coup attempt on July 15 earlier this year. Sukur was accused of being a member of the US-based Fethullah Gulen by the Sakarya province of Istanbul. Sukur is to be arrested on the charges of being a member of an armed terror group; Fetullahist Terror Organisation (FETO). Fetullah Gulen has maintained its stand on the denial of the existence of any such organisation. The state-run news agency Anadolu said another warrant has been issued in the name of Selmet Sukur, father of Hakan. The report stated that both of them were absent from their residences after the issuance of the warrants.

It has been speculated that Sukur and his family had left Turkey last year and are currently believed to be in the United states of America. Sukur was the most successful goal scorer in Turkey National team history, finding the net 51 times in the 112 matches, he represented the team in. Sukur was a forward for the Galatasaray. He also represented Inter Milan, parma nd Blackburn rovers during the process of his career. His goal after 11 seconds against South Korea remains to be the fastest goal in World Cup history.

After retirement, Sukur joined the Justice and Development party and was elected as an MP in 2011. He, resigned in 2013 after allegations of corruptions surfaced against the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ministers. Sukur had recently objected to the shutting down of Hizmet run schools. Hizmet is a known organisation run by Gulen. Sukur had been put on trial in June on accusation of insulting President Erdogan on social media.

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