Friday 23 February 2018

Turkey requests extradition of top coup suspect from Germany

Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters in Malatya (AP)
Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters in Malatya (AP)

Turkey has formally asked the German government to arrest and extradite a top suspect in last year's failed coup attempt following reports suggesting he has been spotted in Germany.

Foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey has submitted a formal note demanding the extradition of fugitive Adil Oksuz.

Mr Oksuz, who is accused of being a follower of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, is believed to have played a key part in last summer's failed coup.

Mr Gulen denies any involvement in the coup.

The request comes amid souring relations between the two countries.

Turkey accuses Germany of providing a safe haven to Kurdish militants and suspects wanted for alleged links to the coup.

Mr Cavusoglu said: "If this person is there, we asked that he be located, taken into custody and returned to Turkey."

Press Association

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