NASA scientist Serkan Golge was arrested after an attempted coup in Turkey. The evidence against him: Vague assertions and a dollar bill.
That was enough to deny him bail again Tuesday, The Globe Post reported Tuesday. Golge has spent six months in solitary confinement during his nine-month detainment.
Turkish prosecutors argue the dollar bill marks membership in a terrorist organization. But Golge wasn't staying in the room the bill was found in, the Houston Press reports.
Turkish court rules to keep NASA scientist, a U.S. citizen, under arrest. He is in prison over 1 dollar bill. Next hearing is on May 26.— Mahir Zeynalov (@MahirZeynalov) April 18, 2017
Turkish authorities claim that serial number of the 1 dollar bill is a secret code sent from the U.S. He has been in prison for 9 months.— Mahir Zeynalov (@MahirZeynalov) April 18, 2017
The Houston Press reports the bill was found in a memory box stored in the old bedroom of Serkan's brother. Prosecutors claimed the bill was blessed by an Islamic cleric.
Golge was one of 40,000 people arrested after the coup, so the courts have a lengthy backlog, Golge's wife Kubra said.
If convicted, Golge faces 15 years in prison. He is a Turkish citizen as well as an American citizen.
Turks recently voted to consolidate power in the hands of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. U.S. President Trump called to congratulate his victory on Monday, The Washington Post reports.
They can either [disagree with] the OSCE findings, or they can say the truth: It was not a free and fair election.
The vote was marked by "irregularities," according to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The Turkish opposition party appealed the vote but was rejected by Erdogan.