Turkish PM urges US to speed up Gulen’s extradition
Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 20
Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has urged the US to accelerate the process of extradition of Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of organizing the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey, Anadolu Agency reported Aug. 20.
“We want to accelerate the process; this person is the coup leader,” said Yildirim.
“What are we waiting for? Turkey and the US have a bilateral agreement on extradition,” he added. “Therefore, the extradition process should not be delayed.”
On July 15 evening, Turkish authorities said a military coup attempt took place in the country. Meanwhile, a group of servicemen announced about transition of power to them.
However, the rebelling servicemen started to surrender July 16 and Turkish authorities said the coup attempt failed.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had said the death toll as a result of the military coup attempt stood at 246 people, excluding the coup plotters, and over 2,000 people were wounded.
Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency in Turkey on July 20.