Turkish PM expects extradition request for U.S.-based cleric Gulen

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 16, 2015 12:45 PM

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Friday he expected a request to be made to the U.S. authorities for the extradition of Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by President Tayyip Erdogan of leading a plot to seize power.

A Turkish court issued an arrest warrant in December for Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999. Asked in an interview with Reuters if an extradition request would now follow, Davutoglu said:

"Yes, of course, if needed yes. It is not our choice - it is the decision of the court, not the decision of the government. The government will do whatever is needed," he said.

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(Reporting by Nick Tattersall and Asli Kandemir; editing by Andrew Roche)