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Enes Kanter Released After Being Detained in Romanian Airport

Enes Kanter Released After Being Detained in Romanian Airport

Thunder center Enes Kanter said in a tweet on Saturday morning that he was being detained in a Romanian airport. His passport had apparently been cancelled by his home country of Turkey.

Kanter explained the situation in a video:

 

Kanter, who has been traveling across countries to promote his Enes Kanter Light Foundation, said that his passport had been ‘cancelled’ because of his opposition to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been criticized for his rule.

Kanter, a supporter of Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim opposition leader, has received death threats for his support and even revealed that he’d been disowned from his family for his support. He was also left off of Turkey’s national team for his politics.

Although Kanter was under threat of deportation to Turkey and subsequent arrest, he was allowed to leave and flew to London:

 

Some time after he landed, Kanter tweeted this message:

 

All of this on Enes Kanter’s 25th birthday. We will keep you updated with any further developments.

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