Turkey issue arrest warrant for former football star Hakan Sukur

Turkey issue arrest warrant for former football star Hakan Sukur
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Published August 14th, 2016 - 15:28 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Hakan Sukur
Hakan Sukur

Turkey has issued an arrest warrant for former international football striker Hakan Sukur, the state-run news agency Anadolu reported Friday, amid a crackdown in the wake of last month's coup attempt.

A warrant was also issued for his father, Selmet Sukur. Police carried out searches at both their houses, but neither was home. The football is believed to be residing in the United States.

The former footballer has ties to US-based, Turkish-born preacher Fethullah Gulen. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses the cleric, a one-time ally, of plotting the coup- charges Gulen denies.

Sukur, 44, was once a member of parliament from Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) but resigned in protest in 2013 after a widespread corruption probe into top government officials. Erdogan blamed the probe on prosecutors linked to Gulen.

Turkey has detained 35,022 people, of whom 17,740 have been formally arrested under court orders, since the Jult 15 failed putsch.

Sukur is the Turkish national team's all-time top scorer and was a member of the team which finished third at the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan. He retired from football following the 2007-2008 season after playing among others for Galatasaray, Inter Milan and Blackburn Rovers.

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