Turkey: US Consulate employee who did DEA work has trial set
Source:Star Tribune Date:02Feb2019
Turkey-US relations are once again at a critical juncture, as a judge convicted and then released a Turkish national working for US consulate on charges of treason. Now, another key figure in the “politicial hostage” accusations from US is sent to trial.
A court ruled to keep Metin Topuz, a translator and fixer for the Drug Enforcement Agency, in pretrial detention until trial hearings scheduled for March 26-28, state-run Anadolu news agency reported. Topuz has been in custody since October 2017.
The court accepted a 78-page indictment alleging Topuz had “very intense contacts” with police officers who led a 2013 corruption investigation involving top government officials and their families. The indictment called him a “terror criminal.”