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US to send delegation to Turkey for Fethullah Gulen probe

"US officials, including representatives of the Departments of Justice and State, have offered to consult with the Turkish government," a Justice Department official said.

By: Reuters | Washington |
August 20, 2016 8:19:49 pm
Turkey, turkey coup, erdogan, turkey president, Fethullah Gulen, Gulen, turkey coup fail, turkey coup attempt, turkey coup reason, turkey news, turkey us, turkey america, world news Gulen, described by Erdogan as a terrorist, denies any involvement in the coup attempt, which has led to large-scale purges of the military, civil service, judiciary and academia. (Source: Reuters)

US Justice and State Department officials will fly to Ankara to discuss government accusations against Fethullah Gulen, the exiled cleric Turkey accuses of masterminding a failed military coup, according to a Justice Department official. President Tayyip Erdogan has demanded the United States extradite Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania, over the July putsch in which more than 200 people, including civilians, were killed. Turkish officials have suggested refusal to repatriate Gulen for trial would seriously strain ties between the two NATO allies.

Gulen, described by Erdogan as a terrorist, denies any involvement in the coup attempt, which has led to large-scale purges of the military, civil service, judiciary and academia. “US officials, including representatives of the Departments of Justice and State, have offered to consult with the Turkish government,” the Justice Department official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

“We can confirm that a delegation (with) representatives of the Department of Justice and State will visit Turkey,” the official added, but declined to give any date for the visit. On Friday, Bloomberg news reported that the US Justice Department would dispatch a team to Turkey in the coming days to pursue the allegations.

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