Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan to seek extradition of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he plans to seek the extradition of an Islamic cleric from the United States. Erdogan has accused Fethullah Gulen of seeking to topple his government.

The Turkish prime minister made the announcement in an answer to a reporter’s question following a meeting of lawmakers from his AK Party on Tuesday.

Asked whether he intended to start the formal process of seeking Gulen’s extradition from the United States, Erdogan responded: “yes, it will begin.”

The statement came just hours after Erdogan used a television interview to suggest that Gulen posed a threat to the United States.

“These elements which threaten the national security of Turkey cannot be allowed to exist in other countries because what they do to us here, they might do against their host,” Erdogan told PBS television, according to a transcript issued by the US public broadcaster…