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Turkey to Request Gullen's Extradition From US Soon - Reports

© AP Photo / Selahattin Sevi, FileFILE – In this March 15, 2014 file photo, Turkish Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, sits at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, United States.
FILE – In this March 15, 2014 file photo, Turkish Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, sits at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, United States. - Sputnik International
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Monday Ankara will soon request extradition of opposition political figure Fethullah Gulen from the United States in the near future, CNN reported.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Turkish officials have accused Gulen of orchestrating a failed coup on Friday and called on the United States to extradite him to Turkey. However, the White House said Monday that there was no formal extradition request from Ankara.

"A formal written request for the extradition of Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is in self-imposed exile in the United States, will be submitted within days," Erdogan said in a world exclusive interview with CNN's Becky Anderson.

In this Sept. 24, 2013 file photo, Turkish Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen is pictured at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pa. - Sputnik International
US Justice Dept. to Consider Gulen Extradition if Turkey Files Request
Late on Friday, Turkish authorities said that an attempted coup took place in the country. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other officials have blamed Gulen staying in self-imposed exile in the United States and his supporters for the coup attempt and called on his US counterpart Barack Obama to extradite the cleric, while speaking to a crowd of his supporters.

The coup attempt was suppressed by early Saturday, with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim stating that all coup supporters were identified and would be apprehended as the country was returning to normal life. Over 290 people were killed and hundreds were injured during the events, while nearly 6,000 people have already been detained.

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