Erdogan presses US to extradite rival Gulen
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.