Turkish court indicted a former U.S. Consulate employee for espionage, expected to serve life imprisonment
A Turkish court has indicted a Turkish citizen on charges over espionage activity and conspiring to overthrow the legally-elected Turkish government. The Court consulted a 78-page indictment report published by Turkish judicial authorities upon constructing the file claim against Turkish citizen Metin Topuz. Mr. Topuz was a member of the Counter-Narcotics Agency in the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul. He was imprisoned in early October 2017 on fears of leaving the country. The prosecutors have indicted Mr. Topuz on charges for establishing an espionage network with other police officers and pro-Gulen officials, over renowned narcotics cases. The Turkish spiritual leader Fetullah Gulen, who is self-exiled in the U.S., is considered to be the instigator of the 2016 failed coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The indictment claims that Mr. Topuz had established close ties with the police officers that extended well beyond his consular jurisdictions. Apart from espionage charges, Mr. Topuz violated privacy rights and illegally withheld personal data extracted from phone calls and other types of communication with counter-drug agency officials. Based on these chages. the Turkish court on Friday decided to initiate proceedings against Mr. Topuz, with the first trial taking place on 26 March 2019. President Erdogan and thirty more complainants have filed a case against Mr. Topuz actions whilst he was member of the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul.