29 Apr Turkey’s Erdogan calls on U.S. to extradite rival Fethullah Gulen
Wow. I cannot imagine that the US will comply. Rumor is that Gulen is here through the assistance of some powerful players in the CIA and State Department. One thing is for sure. No one could have seen this only one year ago.
(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.
Such a move against Fethullah Gulen, whose followers say they number in the millions, would be possible only if Turkey first issued an arrest warrant and produced evidence of a crime, according to one legal expert.
But it would be arguably Erdogan’s most decisive move yet in a power struggle that has posed one of the biggest challenges of his 11-year rule.
Gulen has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999, when secularist authorities raised accusations of Islamist activity. Since then he has moved from being a close ally of Erdogan to his most powerful political enemy.