June 11, 2020
U.S. officials observed every hearing in the trial of Metin Topuz in Istanbul, and we are deeply disappointed in today’s decision. We have seen no credible evidence to support this conviction and hope it will swiftly be overturned.
For nearly three decades, Mr. Topuz performed outstanding work appreciated and lauded by officials and citizens of both countries. Under our direction, he promoted law enforcement cooperation between Turkey and the U.S., contributing to the safety of people in both nations.
The allegations made about Mr. Topuz’s official duties misrepresent both the scope and nature of the important work undertaken by our local staff on behalf of the U.S. government and in the promotion of our bilateral relationship.