Jun 05 2018

Gülen extradition case lacking – Turkish opposition delegation

A delegation from Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), given access to the documents sent to the United States by Turkey for the extradition of sect leader Fethullah Gülen, said there were important gaps in the evidence, left-wing news site İleri Haber said.

The U.S. failure to extradite Gülen is a major bone a contention that has helped sour relations between the two NATO allies.

“On Monday, our delegation of two parliamentarians and two legal experts on the subject completed our investigation,” party parliamentarian Özgür Özel told an election hustings in Manisa.

“They expressed that they had discovered shortcomings that confirmed the speculation … that Mr. (Muharrem) İnce had discussed.”

The CHP had been given access to the information as a result of debate stemming from its presidential candidate, İnce, saying that U.S. embassy sources had told him that the Turkish case for Gülen’s extradition was full of holes.

Fethullah Gülen, a preacher in self-imposed exile in the United States, is the leader of a religious movement that stands accused of carrying out a July 2016 military coup attempt in Turkey in which more than 200 people were killed.