CHP MP: I Came to Washington to Urge the U.S. to Send Gülen to A Turkish Court

rrrWhen Turkish officials visited Washington this week, one of their first stops was the Justice Department. They are trying to make the case that the U.S. should extradite a key suspect in last month’s failed coup attempt.

Following those talks with the Justice Department, three Turkish lawmakers had tough words about Fethullah Gulen, the aging cleric who lives in rural eastern Pennsylvania and whose followers have been rounded up in Turkey in the wake of the coup.

Turkish opposition lawmaker Oğuz Kaan Salıcı, of the opposition CHP party, said he’s trying to make sure the crackdown doesn’t become a witch hunt.

“We will support the government’s fight against these coup plotters. On the other hand, if they are trying to take some opposition members, we will be criticizing them,” Salıcı says, adding so far there have been some, but not many opposition political figures arrested in this crackdown.

Salici is hoping the United States will remind its ally Turkey of the need to return to a normal democracy. He, too, though, came to Washington to urge the U.S. to send Gülen to a Turkish court.