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Turkish court orders to release US Consulate worker from house arrest

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A Turkish court ruled on Tuesday to release U.S. Consulate General employee Nazmi Mete Cantürk from house arrest due to health issues but said he could not leave the country during his trial.

Cantürk, a security officer at the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul, and his wife and daughter are accused of links to the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ), which is responsible for a bloody coup attempt in July 15, 2016.

Turkey accuses the U.S. of harboring the FETÖ, which operates a vast network of charter schools and businesses in the country, and its leader Fetullah Gülen, who lives in a self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999.

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