Dec 06 2017

Arrest warrant requested in Turkey for U.S. diplomat

An arrest warrant is being requested for U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State (ISIS) Brett McGurk on Wednesday, Habertürk said.

A petition has been filed to the Ankara chief prosecutor’s office accusing McGurk of attempting to overthrow the Turkish government and change the constitutional order of the Turkish Republic through “acting in concert with the PKK-PYD-YPG armed terrorist organisations”, the newspaper said.

Turkey says the Syrian Kurdish PYD and its YPG military wing, which is assisted by the United States in the fight against ISIS, is a wing of the separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) that has been fighting Turkish forces since 1984.

The newspaper said the petition requested that the Turkish military to arrest McGurk if found in Syria or Iraq and bring him back to Turkey.

The petition was made by a non-governmental group set up to fight the Fethullah Gülen organisation in Turkey.

“The suspect has been on the Northern Iraq–Syrian axis for a long time acting in concert with terrorist organisations. He has co-ordinated these organisations, provided organisation militants with weapons and ensured they received training,” the petition said.

 

 

The warrant for Brett McGurk
The petition for Brett McGurk's arrest