ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s official news agency says a Turkish citizen who worked as a translator for the U.S. Consulate in Adana was convicted on terror charges but will be freed from prison.
Anadolu news agency said a Turkish court on Wednesday convicted Hamza Ulucay of “knowingly and willingly aiding an armed terror organization.” The court sentenced Ulucay to 4 ½ years in prison, but released him with credit for the nearly two years he spent in detention.
Ulucay was arrested in February 2017 for alleged links to outlawed Kurdish militants.
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The top American diplomat in Ankara, Chargé d’Affaires Jeffrey M. Hovenier, attended Wednesday’s court hearing along with other U.S. officials.
Two other local consular employees are under investigation in Turkey.
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