Next week, a team of US prosecutors from Washington DC, are travelling to Turkey to discuss the possible extradition of Fetullah Gulen, alleged by the Turkish government to be founder of a terrorist organisation to which it has assigned the name ‘FETO’. The Turkish government have been requesting Mr Gulen’s extradition from the US for many months and allege that he is responsible for organising the coup attempt in July 2016. According to the Turkish government, FETO has been attempting to reign in state institutions including the police department, army and justice system.
The US prosecutors will be arriving in Ankara to work with Turkish investigators to assess new evidence against Mr Gulen. The Turkish government reportedly has evidence from the phone records of several FETO group leaders. The evidence allegedly suggests that the leaders held meetings to discuss the coup attempt with Mr Gulen at his residence in Pennsylvania during January, March and June 2016.
On 30 December, Turkish Justice Minister, Abdulhamit Gul said:
“We hope and believe that the US will fulfil the requirements of being a state which has been led by the rule of law and it will extradite the head of this terrorist organisation (FETO). God willing, the US will comply with our demand in 2019.”