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Erdogan Tells Obama to Extradite Alleged Coup Plotter Gulen

  • U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whose followers Turkey blames for a failed coup, pauses before speaking to journalists at his home in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania.

    U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whose followers Turkey blames for a failed coup, pauses before speaking to journalists at his home in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. | Photo: Reuters

Published 16 July 2016
Opinion

Fethullah Gulen, leader of the Hizmet movement, denied involvement in the coup. He is in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called on U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday to extradite U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen to Turkey.

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"After this coup attempt, once again I call on him (Obama). I say: 'Give this person in Pennsylvania to Turkey already.' I call on the United States, if we are strategic partners, if we are model partners, please comply with your partner's request because, we give you every terrorist you wanted from us," Erdogan told his supporters demonstrating outside his house in Istanbul.

Turkish authorities rounded up nearly 3,000 suspected military plotters on Saturday and ordered thousands of judges detained after thwarting a coup by rebels using tanks and attack helicopters to try to topple Erdogan.

For several hours overnight on Friday, violence shook Turkey's two main cities, as the armed faction which tried to seize power blocked a bridge in Istanbul and bombed the headquarters of Turkish intelligence and parliament in Ankara.

At least 265 people were killed. An official said 161 of them were mostly civilians and police officers, while the remaining 104 were coup supporters.

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