Turkish Embassy in US refutes reports on attempts to illegally extradite Gulen

by The Region    


The Turkish embassy in the United States has refuted reports on the attempts by Ankara to illegally achieve the extradition of Islamist cleric Fethullah Gulen accused by Turkey of being behind the 2016 coup attempt.

"As we stated previously, on March 28, 2017, all allegations that Turkey would resort to means external to the rule of law for his extradition are utterly false, ludicrous and groundless," the statement released on Sunday said.

Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal reported citing its sources that US Special Counsel Robert Mueller was investigating former White House national security adviser Mike Flynn’s alleged role in the forcible extradition of Gulen living in Pennsylvania to Turkey in return for millions of dollars.

According to the embassy, Ankara still expects "the immediate extradition of Fetullah Gulen from the United States to Turkey, so that he can stand trial."

Media reported in March that Flynn was involved in carrying out research on Gulen that may have benefited the Turkish government. According to reports, Flynn registered the Flynn Intel Group, his now-defunct consulting firm, as required by the Foreign Agents Registration Act for work on behalf of a firm owned by a Turkish national with links to Turkish institutions.

Flynn's company reportedly received a total of $530,000 for the work, which was conducted between August and November 2016, thus covering Flynn's run as Donald Trump's campaign military adviser.

On July 15, 2016, a military coup attempt took place across Turkey. Over 240 people were killed and more than 2,000 wounded. The Turkish government has accused Gulen, who has been living in Pennsylvania since 1999, of masterminding the coup. Ankara has sent several packages of documents to Washington since then to support the extradition request.