Businessman offers 3 million lira prize on arrest of Turkey analysts

A pro-government businessman in Turkey is offering a 3 million lira ($780,000) prize to anyone whose information leads to the arrest of Turkey experts Graham Fuller and Michael Rubin, Cumhuriyet newspaper said.

The anonymous businessman’s lawyer Özgür Çelebi said that Fuller, a former CIA station chief in Kabul who now writes foreign policy analysis, and Rubin, a former Pentagon official who now works as an analyst at the American Enterprise Institute, were “traitors wanting to interfere” in Turkey.

His client, he said, was involved in education in Bursa and was “a person in love with his country, flag and nation”.

The Istanbul prosecutor’s office has already issued arrest warrants for both Rubin and Fuller over their alleged roles in the failed July 2016 coup attempt.