Turkey Formally Asks US to Hand Gulen

تم نشره في Wed 24 August / Aug 2016. 12:00 AM
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WASHINGTON — US officials confirmed receiving a formal extradition request from Ankara for the Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen. However, the request does not entail issues related to the recent coup attempt, which Turkish leaders have accused him of inspiring.

"We can confirm now that Turkey has requested the extradition of Gulen," US State Department spokesperson Mark Toner said at a news briefing.

Toner told reporters the formal extradition request from Turkey was not related to the attempted coup earlier this year but was for other issues. Gulen has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania for 17 years.