Source: Agencies02 Aug 2016 18:30:00
Ankara, August 2: Turkeys Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag on Tuesday has sent a document of request to United States to arrest Fethullah khan who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania and whom Ankara accuses of instigating an attempted coup on July 15. According to sources, this is the second written document sent by Turkey to US. Meanwhile first written document was sent to US on 19th July of this year.
In an interview given to one of the news agency Bekir said, "They requested certain information following our first letter, we provided answers to the question 'why is it urgent'." He further said, "We wrote to them that there are serious claims and statements that Fethullah Gulen has a finger in the attempted coup. That is why he needs to be detained urgently, according to intelligence report he can escape to third countries."
Bekir added that, "I hope that the United States decides in Turkey's favor, in line with democracy and the rule of law, and returns this leader of a terror organization to Turkey." Bekir further said in strict words that, "If he escapes then the U.S. would either have turned a blind eye or approved of it."
After a failed coup, The Turkish government launched a sweeping crackdown on Gulen's movement, which runs schools, charities and businesses internationally. In Turkey, nearly 70,000 people have been suspended from their jobs on suspicion of being involved in the movement.
Turkey's government has claimed that deadly July 15 coup attempt was organized by Gulen’s followers and his Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) in which 160 innocent people were dead and hundreds were injured. Notably, Gulen denies any knowledge of the attempt to overthrow the government.