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NASA Scientist, Serkan Golge, Confined In A Turkish Prison For Possessing A One Dollar Bill

Published on 12 July, 2017 at 12:50 pm By

This is outrageous to notice that the brilliant brains of the world are put behind bars on the basis of mere suspicion. NASA, the most premiere institute to which scientists dedicate their life, has turned out to be the reason of threat for one scientists and has put his life in danger.



Serkan Gorge, NASA Scientist. Wikimedia Commons

Serkan Golge, a 37-yeared NASA scientist and dual citizen of Turkey and the United States, was confined in Turkey in July, 2016 and accused of being a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) spy for possessing a $1 bill. Serkan Golge, his wife Kubra Golge, and two children had come to Turkey to spend a two-month vacation with their parents. On July 23, 2016 policemen came in search of him, and arrested him without giving a validation from Antakya, Turkey.

Eight days earlier, on July 15, 2016, a group within the Turkish Armed Forces had attempted a coup d’état against the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Before the plot failed, more than 200 people were killed.


Recap Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey. Wikimedia Commons

Recently, President of Turkey, Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been in the news. On July 9, 2017 hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Istanbul at the end of a 450 km “justice” march against the government of Turkey. It has been observed that large numbers have joined the march since it began in Ankara on June 15.

2016 Turkish coup d’état attempt :

On July 15, 2016, an alleged coup d’état was attempted in Turkey against state institutions, including, but not limited to the government and President. The attempt was carried out within the Turkish Armed Forces that refer to themselves as the Peace at Home Council. They attempted to seize control of several key places in Ankara, but failed to do so after forces loyal to the state defeated them.

People were afraid as it eroded the spirit of secularism, degraded human rights and was against the democratic structure of the country.

The government accused the coup leaders of being linked to the Gülen movement. They sais that he wass trying to control the state from outside.


Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the opposition in Turkey.Wikimedia Commons


President Erdogan has accused the marchers of July 9, 2017  supporting terrorism. The opposition and protest leader, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, criticized the wave of arrests and imprisonments that followed last year’s failed coup.

Mr. Erdogan, in response to the opposition leader said that, he had gone beyond political opposition and was “acting with terrorist organisations and the forces inciting them against our country”.

The Turkish government was accusing Golge of being a CIA agent, and that the only evidence they had against him was a single dollar bill they found from his house.

Turkey claims that possession of a dollar bill is proof of membership in Fethullah Gulen Terrorist Organisation (FETO), which is a sort of membership card given to Gülen’s loyal followers.


Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic opinion leader and founder of FETO. Wikimedia Commons

Gulen’s followers :

Fethullah Gülen is a powerful Islamic cleric who fled to Pennsylvania in 1999. He is one of the world’s most important Muslim figures.

He is the founder of the Gülen movement and the inspiration figure for the organization, the Alliance for Shared Values. He is exiled from the U.S and stays in Pennsylvania. He is sought by the Turkish government for alleged involvement in the 2016 coup attempt in Turkey.

Gülen is actively involved in the societal debate concerning the future of the Turkish state, and Islam in the modern world.


Kubra Gorge, with her two sons. Wikimedia Commons

Many Turkish lawyers were arrested after the coup attempt, and as a result Golge has had problems securing legal representation.

“It’s ridiculous,” says his wife Kubra. “I fell in love with Serkan because of his compassion. When there are mosquitoes inside, he tries to catch them and put them outside instead of killing him. And they’re saying he’s a terrorist?”

Golge’s wife, Kubra, remains in Turkey with their two children as they are trapped by a travel ban. She is allowed to visit her husband once a week, speaking to him through a glass partition.

It was reported in Indian Express in August, 2016 that India might face threat from FETO as well since their foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, was visiting India.


Serkan Gorge at NASA. Wikimedia Commons

When asked whether NASA can or will try to help Serkan, NASA spokesman Allard Beutel referred to the U.S. State Department. The agency acknowledged it has no influence over Turkish authorities in this case.

U.S. State Department stated,

We remain concerned for Mr. Golge and have raised his case with Turkish authorities. Although the United States does not have a legal right to access dual U.S.-Turkish citizens detained in Turkey.

A petition has also been filed asking the White House to intervene. If the petition garners 100,000 signatures by next month, it is supposed to be reviewed by Donald Trump. It has only about 150 signatures so far.

Kubra is praying that everything will be sorted out at the hearing next month. Heart-broken she says,

Sometimes I feel like it is a dream and my life will come back when I wake up. Other times I think it will never come back,” she says. “From now on, I do not think bad things only happen to other people. It can happen to me, to us.

Here is to giving them more strength and prayers.




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