An Istanbul court issued a detention warrant for U.S. scholar Henri Barkey after a demand by the office of Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor over charges of plotting July 15 coup with a group of scholars and philanthropists at a workshop during the coup night in an island in the Marmara Sea.
The same office who secured imprisonment of Osman Kavala, a famous philanthropist, over coup-related charges three weeks ago now aims to arrest Mr. Barkey who was at an international conference during the coup night.
Mr. Barkey, Director of the Middle East program at Wilson Center for International Scholars, found himself in the crosshairs of pro-government media in Turkey and was portrayed as one of the key architects behind the July 15 coup attempt.
The Turkish media calls him a CIA agent and accuses him of orchestrating the putsch, which killed 249 people and wounded more than 2,000. Mr. Barkey regards charges as absurd and ludicrous.
The detention warrant came after The Wall Street Journal reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller investigates former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s possible role in an alleged plot to spirit away a Muslim cleric from the U.S. to be delivered to the Turkish government in return for $15 million.
The revelation sent shockwaves across the U.S. media landscape and political spectrum. It overshadowed Mr. Yildirim’s visit to D.C. this week.