Turkey expects to finish
within a week to 10 days a dossier asking for the extradition
from the United States of Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, implicated
by Ankara of masterminding a failed coup, Foreign Minister
Mevlut Cavusoglu stated on Saturday. Cavusoglu informed private broadcaster NTV in an interview the
link between soldiers associated with the July 15 abortive coup and
Gulen’s comprehensive network of followers was “very clear”, including
that Turkey would do all it could “politically and legally” to
protect the extradition of the reclusive cleric.
Gulen, 75, denies any participation in the coup attempt. The
United States has actually stated Turkey, a NATO ally, has to supply
clear evidence of Gulen’s involvement in the coup prior to it can
extradite him. Legal representatives say the procedure might take many years.
( Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Composing by Gareth Jones; Editing
by Michael Georgy).