Algeria extradites Turkish businessman accused of Gülen links

Algeria has extradited a Turkish national suspected of links to a religious group accused of organising the failed coup attempt of July 2016, state-run Anadolu new agency reported on Tuesday, citing a security source.

The suspect, whose name was not disclosed, is in the custody of Turkish police following a joint operation by the Turkish Foreign Ministry and the General Directorate of Security, it said.

The Turkish deportee was allegedly the manager of a company linked to the Gülen movement, the followers of U.S.-based preacher Fethullah Gülen, Anadolu said.

Turkey blames Gülen and his followers for the failed putsch and has since sacked hundreds of thousands of public officials and army personnel in a series of purges while pursuing a worldwide crackdown on suspected members of the group.

Ankara has requested the extradition of 807 suspected members of the Gülen movement from 105 countries,  more than half from the United States and Europe, Daily Sabah reported in July.