Turkey expects US to speed up Gulen's extradition

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Turkey expects prompt action from the US in the extradition of Fethullah Gulen, said Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.

Yildirim made remarks Aug. 24 during a joint press conference with the US Vice President Joe Biden in Ankara, TRT Haber news channel reported.

Yildirim said that the process of Gulen’s extradition began between the US and Turkey.

Joe Biden, in turn, said that only the US Federal Court can make decision to extradite Fethullah Gulen.

The US is not going to defend the Fethullah Gulen movement, but there is a law in the country and everyone respects the law, he noted adding that Gulen’s extradition may be delayed.

Previously, Turkish authorities sent two requests to the US for extradition of Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of organizing the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey. An Istanbul court ordered on Aug. 4 to arrest Fethullah Gulen.

On July 15 evening, Turkish authorities said a military coup attempt took place in the country. Meanwhile, a group of servicemen announced about transition of power to them.

However, the rebelling servicemen started to surrender July 16 and Turkish authorities said the coup attempt failed.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had said the death toll as a result of the military coup attempt stood at 246 people, excluding the coup plotters, and over 2,000 people were wounded.

Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency in Turkey on July 20.

2016.08.24 / 20:59
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