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Turkey's Erdogan calls on US to extradite rival Gulen

Published on Apr 29, 2014 6:55 PM
 
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, he would ask the United States to extradite an Islamic cleric he accuses of plotting to topple him and undermine Turkey with concocted graft accusations and secret wire taps. -- PHOTO: AFP

ISTANBUL (REUTERS) - Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday he would ask the United States to extradite an Islamic cleric he accuses of plotting to topple him and undermine Turkey with concocted graft accusations and secret wire taps.

Fethullah Gulen has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1997 when secularist authorities raised accusations of islamist activity against him. He denies engineering a police graft investigation but has denounced Erdogan over moves to shut down the inquiry by purging police and judiciary of his followers.

Asked by a reporter at parliament after a meeting of AK Party deputies if a processs will begin for his extradition from the US, Erdogan said: "Yes, it will begin."

In an interview with PBS talk show host Charlie Rose broadcast late on Monday, Erdogan said Gulen, a former ally with broad support in the police and judiciary, could also pose a threat to US security by his activities.

 
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