Er­do­gan presses US to ex­tra­dite ri­val Gulen

The Myanmar Times - - World -

TURK­ISH Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan pressed the United States in a tele­vi­sion in­ter­view broad­cast in Is­tan­bul to ex­tra­dite preacher Fethul­lah Gulen, say­ing wait­ing to get the al­leged coup plot­ter was “in­tol­er­a­ble”.

Mr Er­do­gan complained in the in­ter­view with Tele­visa on Au­gust 2 that US au­thor­i­ties were ask­ing for doc­u­ments for the ex­tra­di­tion of Penn­syl­va­nia-based Mr Gulen, whom he ac­cuses of be­ing be­hind last month’s failed mil­i­tary putsch.

“You have to be blind and dead not to un­der­stand that he is be­hind all of this,” Mr Er­do­gan said.

“If we re­quest the ex­tra­di­tion of a ter­ror­ist then you should fulfil that,” he said.

“If you start ask­ing for doc­u­ments and what-not, then it’s a huge ob­sta­cle in our way of fight­ing ter­ror­ism.

“But at the mo­ment we are run­ning into the dif­fi­culty of not be­ing able to re­ceive a ter­ror­ist that we are ask­ing to be ex­tra­dited.”

Mr Gulen, a cleric, has lived in self-im­posed ex­ile in the United States since 1999 and has de­nied any in­volve­ment in the July 15 putsch bid.

Turk­ish au­thor­i­ties sent a new pack­age of doc­u­ments to the Amer­i­can au­thor­i­ties for Mr Gulen’s ex­tra­di­tion, Jus­tice Min­is­ter Bekir Bozdag said.

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