WASHINGTON: The US evaluating new documents sent by Turkey to handover U.S.based cleric Fethullah Gulen a suspected mastermind of the recently failed coup, a State Department spokesman said on Thursday.
Spokesman Mark Toner told to daily news, “The Turkish authorities have sent several documents to us and we are in process of going through those documents,”.
Toner added, “We have received more relevant documents we are going through those, but yet to resolve.”
The U.S. Justice Department is the main agency looking over the documents and see to a formal request to handover Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed send away in Pennsylvania since 1999.
Mevlut Cavusoglu, Foreign Minister of the Turkey has warned ties with the United States will be affected if it fails to handover Gulen.
The NATO member plays an important role in the U.S-led fight against Islamic State. But Washington has said Ankara must provide clear evidence of Gulen’s involvement in the failed military coup before any handovern process can move forward.
Gulen has denied any plan against and blame the coup attempt. Toner said the United States had offered to help Turkey with investigating the coup. He did not say whether Turkey had responded to the offer.
Tayyip Erdogan, a Turkish president blame Gulen of organize the failed coup and utilize an extensive network of schools, charities and businesses in Turkey and abroad to penetrate state institutions.
Erdogan promised on Thursday to choke off the businesses, while an Istanbul court issued an arrest warrant for Gulen for “giving the instructions” for the coup attempt, in which more than 230 people were killed.
In New York, Kamil Aydin, a Turkish member of parliament from Erzurum, said the U.S. Justice Department had received 85 boxes of documents from Turkey related to Gulen upto now.
He said we are investing these files without giving any details.