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    US Received No Request for Extradition of Gulen to Turkey – White House

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    The United States has not received a specific extradition request from Ankara to extradite Turkish opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said during a briefing on Monday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Turkish officials have accused Gulen of orchestrating a failed coup on Friday and called on the United States to extradite him to Turkey.

    “At this point we have not received an extradition request from the Turkish government as it relates to Mr. Gulen,” Earnest stated.

    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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