The U.S. justice Department in coming days will send to Turkey a team to investigate the accusations against Fethullah Gulen, whom the Turkish government called the mastermind of the military coup. About it reports Bloomberg referring to a source in the administration of us President Barack Obama.
According to him, despite accusations from Turkey, this country has not provided the Ministry of justice formal proof that he was involved in the coup attempt. Instead, noted the interlocutor of the edition, the evidence given Ankara’s focus on the alleged conspiracy and “criminal behavior” Gulen to the rebellion.
As noted by Bloomberg, sending teams from the American Ministry of justice is probably intended to assure the President of Turkey Recap Tayyip Erdogan that the U.S. takes the request for extradition of Gulen seriously.
Jul 16, in Turkey there was a military coup attempt. During clashes between the coup and the supporters of the current government killed more than 240 people. Later, the authorities announced the suppression of the rebellion. After that, the state authorities began a large-scale cleansing in Turkey have been fired or suspended from work more than 81 thousand people, and detained — almost 26 thousand people.
Gulen, a religious figure, who for many years lived in the United States, was, according to Turkish authorities, the ideologue of the rebellion. The religious leader denies involvement in the coup.
19 July, Turkey sent the American authorities a request for his extradition. Gülen urged the United States to reject the request of the Turkish authorities. U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry, in turn, stressed that there is “a formal process for handling requests for extradition” and that Turkey “needs to send the evidence, and not statements.”
Erdogan in this regard, in particular, stated that the US “sooner or later” will have to make a choice between Turkey and Gulen organization, which Ankara believes is responsible for the coup attempt. He also said that the reluctance to extradite the preacher could cost Washington’s friendship with Ankara.
The head of Ministry of justice of Turkey Bekir bozdag, after the words Kerry said that, in his opinion, the US will decide the issue of extradition of gülen to reduce anti-American sentiment in Turkey. “Turkey’s growing anti-American sentiment, which lead to hatred,” said Bozdag.