US Examines Allegations of Gülen’s Involvement in Turkey Coup Attempt
A spokesman for the United States Department of Justice confirmed Thursday that his department has begun looking for evidence on the allegations that influential Pennsylvania-based cleric, Fethullah Gülen was the mastermind behind last month’s coup attempt in Turkey.
The Turkish government, which has demanded the extradition of Gulen, has provided what it describes as evidence implicating Gülen in the failed military attempt in July to remove Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) from power, say US and Turkish officials.
“The Turkish Ministry of Justice has provided materials relating to Gülen, and we have begun analyzing these materials,” said
, a Justice Department spokesman, in response to emailed questions by Rudaw.
“We will decline to comment further at this time,” added Carr, refusing to provide specifics on what the materials entailed.
Gülen has denied any involvement in the coup.
For his part, the Turkish president has blamed the US, a NATO ally, for its lack of willingness to extradite Gülen.
“What kind of partners are we if you request documents when we ask for a terrorist?” Erdogan said, referring to Gulen. Following the Turkish criticism, US Secretary of State, John Kerry, invited Turkey to submit “any legitimate evidence that withstands scrutiny” and implicates Gulen in crimes.
“And the United States will accept that and look at it and make judgments about it appropriately,” Kerry said.