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    Ankara Urges Berlin to Extradite Major Coup Suspect Reportedly Seen in Germany

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    The Turkish authorities call on Berlin to extradite one of the alleged organizers of the July 2016 failed coup attempt who had reportedly been spotted in Germany, presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in August, several Turkish media outlets reported that Adil Oksuz was seen in the German cities of Frankfurt and Ulm. Other reports suggested that Oksuz had applied for asylum in Germany's southwestern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg.

    "First of all, our demand is, of course, that the German authorities start the necessary procedures to extradite that person [Oksuz] to Turkey from the moment that he was seen in Germany," Kalin said at a press briefing as quoted by Anadolu news agency.

    On Wednesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also reportedly urged Berlin to investigate the media reports claiming Oksuz was in Germany.

    Oksuz is seen by the Turkish authorities as a link between the alleged mastermind of the failed coup, Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen living in the United States, and his supporters in Turkey. Oksuz was reportedly seen returning to Turkey from the United States two days before the coup attempt.

    After the failed power takeover, the government forces detained Oksuz as he was fleeing a military base in Turkey’s capital. Oksuz was, however, released two days later and has disappeared after that.

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