US delegation off to Ankara over Turkey’s Gulen extradition request

The US Department of Justice will send a technical delegation to Ankara in connection with Turkey’s request to extradite Fethullah Gulen, Milliyet newspaper reported.

On August 24-25, US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Turkey. Before his visit, a technical delegation of experts of the US Department of Justice will be sent to Ankara.

Officials of the US Consulate General in Ankara will also be included to the delegation.

The delegation will hold meetings in the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Turkey, and will study the evidences related to Gulen’s involvement in the July 15 military coup attempt in Turkey.

Afterwards, US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Turkey. Following Kerry’s visit, Turkish Minister of Justice Bekir Bozdag and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will leave for the US and demand Gulen’s extradition.

On July 15 evening, Turkish authorities said a military coup attempt took place in the country. Meanwhile, a group of servicemen announced about transition of power to them.

However, the rebelling servicemen started to surrender July 16 and Turkish authorities said the coup attempt failed. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the death toll as a result of the military coup attempt stood at 246, excluding the coup plotters and, over 2,000 people were wounded.

Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency in Turkey on July 20.

Source: Trend News Agency