Turkiye reacts to US Secretary of State Spokesperson
Hami Aksoy, the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, reacted to claims of Nauert, the US State Department spokeswoman, that US citizen Serkan Gölge was convicted of insufficient evidence, who was arrested to be a member of FETO.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Hami Aksoy responded to a question on the claim of US Department of State Spokeswoman Heater Nauert that US citizen Serkan Gölge, was convicted of insufficient evidence, who was arrested to be a member of FETO.
"We expect our US counterparts to respect the decisions of independent Turkish courts"
"Serkan Gölge, a Turkish national, was tried before independent Turkish court and was convicted following a fair trial. It is not possible to take seriously the biased remarks as to the Turkish judiciary from the U.S. State Department Spokesperson who does not have the knowledge of case's substance and the evidence used within this case. Turkish judiciary does not make indictments depending on the wishes of others or interventions by third parties, but decides on the basis of the Turkish Constitution, relevant laws and the collected evidence. We expect our counterparts in the U.S. to respect the decisions of the independent Turkish courts," said Aksoy.
"The United States is deeply concerned by the February 8 conviction without credible evidence of U.S. citizen Serkan Golge"
The US is deeply concerned with the conviction of Serkan Gölge: Neuert
US Department of State Spokeswoman Heather Neuert, "the US is deeply concerned," said in her statement, which causes stress Turkiye-US relations over the conviction the US citizen from NASA employee Serkan Gölge.
The United States is deeply concerned by the February 8 conviction without credible evidence of U.S. citizen Serkan Golge for being a member of a terror organization", USA state Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on Thursday. "We would like to call on the Turkish Government to end the protracted state of emergency, to release those detained arbitrarily under emergency authorities, and to safeguard the rule of law consistent with Turkiye's own domestic and worldwide obligations and commitments. We will continue to follow his case closely along with those of other USA citizens whose ongoing prosecution under the state of emergency raises serious concerns about respect for judicial independence. The safety of U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Turkey remains a concern," Nauert said, calling for an end to the emergency law.
Gölge was sentenced to 7 years and 6 months imprisonment
In Hatay, in the case against FETÖ, a Turkish-born US citizen, Serkan Gölge, was sentenced to 7 years and 6 months imprisonment on charges of "being a member of the armed terrorist organization" and serving 15 years imprisonment.
The defendant, Serkan Gölge, who was arrested before, tried in the Hatay 2nd Penal Court of Heavy Penal Court on Thursday, participated from İskenderun T-Type Closed Penal Execution Agency through the Audio and Video Information System (SEGBİS), and rejected the crimes committed.