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Erdogan to demand extradition of U.S.-based cleric

Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 01:00

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says his country will request the extradition of a U.S.-based cleric he believes is behind the failed coup attempt. Nathan Frandino reports.

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After Friday night's failed coup in Turkey, President Tayyip Erdogan wants answers and he wants Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen to be sent back to Turkey. Gulen lives in self-imposed exile in the United States. Erdogan blames him for the coup attempt and will request Gulen's and other supporters' extradition. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PRESIDENT, TAYYIP ERDOGAN, SAYING: "At this moment, we will request them (Gulen), through written applications with our justice and foreign ministries, from the USA and western countries." In an interview in Pennsylvania, Gulen denied playing any role in the coup. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said any extradition would depend on the evidence. He said the U.S. quote "will immediately evaluate whether or not that evidence is sufficient."

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Erdogan to demand extradition of U.S.-based cleric

Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 01:00