Turkey submitting request to US for Gulen’s arrest

Fethullah Gulen
FILE – In this March 15, 2014 file photo, Turkish Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, sits at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, United States. A U.S.-based Muslim cleric, who has become Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s chief foe, went on trial in absentia in Istanbul on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 accused of attempting to overthrow the government by instigating corruption probes in 2013 that targeted people close to the Turkish leader. Gulen and 68 other people, including former police chiefs, have been charged with “attempting to overthrow the Turkish republic through the use of violence,” leading a terrorist organization and "political espionage." Prosecutors are seeking life imprisonment for Gulen and others. (AP Photo/Selahattin Sevi, File)

ISTANBUL (AP) – Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reports that an official request has been prepared for the temporary arrest of United States-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen over his alleged involvement in the abortive coup on July 15.

The request by the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s office claims it has determined the coup was staged upon orders by Gulen and that he be arrested prior to the submission of a formal extradition request.

The request has been submitted to Turkey’s Justice Ministry on Saturday for it to be relayed to U.S. authorities.

A delegation from the U.S. Justice Department will be arriving on Aug. 22 to discuss extradition. Anadolu reported Saturday that Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced U.S. Vice President Joe Biden would be visiting Turkey during that time.

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