U.S. Not Persuaded to Extradite Imam Over Turkey Coup

(They cannot extradite Gulen to Turkey. If they do they know the Turkish intelligence agency will convince him to talk about all aspects of the coup and who put him up to it. They will never find any amount of evidence valid enough to send Gulen back to face trial for what he tried to do. They might kill him, but they wont extradite him.)

from the WSJ

U.S. officials don’t expect to extradite an imam Turkey blames for masterminding a failed coup because they aren’t convinced by the evidence Ankara has presented so far and are troubled by threatening public statements from Turkish officials, according to people familiar with the discussions.

U.S. and Turkish officials have privately discussed scenarios under which Fethullah Gulen might be extradited, but American authorities have yet to be persuaded there is a valid case for extradition, these people said. Mr. Gulen, who lives in rural Pennsylvania, has denied playing any role in the plot to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The more Turkish officials, including the president and prime minister, talk publicly about Mr. Gulen’s alleged role in the coup and demand his immediate transfer, the less likely such a transfer becomes, the people said. Such comments raise questions about the potential fairness of Mr. Gulen’s treatment in Turkey, they said.

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