Turkish justice minister heads Washington for talks over Gülen’s extradition

Turkish Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül will meet the U.S. Attorney General William Barr to discuss the extradition of a cleric Turkey blames for a failed coup attempt in 2016, Anadolu Agency reported.

Fethullah Gülen, the leader of the Gülen movement, who has has lived in self-imposed exile in the U.S. since 1999, denies any involvement in the failed putsch.

The Turkish authorities, who say Gülen is the head of a terrorist organisation that seeks to overthrow the Turkish government, have sent 4 different extradition requests to U.S. counterparts, while pursuing a worldwide crackdown on followers of Gülen.

The Turkish and U.S. delegations will meet for the seventh time on Tuesday for Gülen’s extradition.

Minister Gül sent on March 1 a letter to Barr when he was appointed as the new Attorney General. The minister repeated Turkey’s expectations about Gülen’s extradition in this letter, Anadolu said.

Turkey, according to AA, also demands from the United States the extradition of Cevdet Türkyolu, Gülen’s private doctor Kudret Ünal, journalists Ekrem Dumanlı and Emrullah Uslu, football player Hakan Şükür, and ship owner İhsan Kalkavan, who according to Turkish authorities are closely linked to Gülen.

Ahval learned that the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C. has been in touch with the Congressional offices to set up meetings in both sides of the House for Gül.