Turkey attempted coup: CNN: Turkey requests extradition of cleric from U.S. over failed coup

14:02 Jul. 19, 2016

CNN: Turkey requests extradition of cleric from U.S. over failed coup

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters gathered in front of his residence in Istanbul, early Tuesday, July 19, 2016 (AP Photo)

294 people were killed during the attempted military coup in Turkey, 

Turkey has formally requested the extradition of cleric Fethullah Gulen from the United States as it widens its purge following a failed military coup over the weekend, the prime minister said Tuesday, July 19. 

Read also Turkey's ex-air force chief confesses to organizing coup attempt

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames Gulen, a longtime bitter rival, for the attempted coup that began Friday night, July 15.

He had told CNN in an exclusive interview on Monday, July 18, that the extradition request was coming soon.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim made the announcement about the extradition request in Parliament on Tuesday, also tweeting, "We have sent four files to the United States requesting the extradition of 'the terrorist leader.'"
 
The Muslim cleric, living in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, has denied any involvement. Full story 

 

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