Turkey urges Greece to extradite FETÖ members

Turkey urges Greece to extradite FETÖ members

ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
Turkey urges Greece to extradite FETÖ members

Turkey wants the extradition of terrorists from the group behind a deadly coup attempt, the country’s justice minister said on Jan. 18.

“We want the extradition of these terrorists demanded by the judicial mechanism of law in Turkey,” Abdülhamit Gül told reporters, referring to claims Greece was secretly trying to send Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) members to third countries.

“We will pursue this matter until the end as the Republic of Turkey,” he said.

“These subjects that are carried out secretly can’t be a subject of law,” Gül said, adding that Turkey would only deal with explicit issues.

In 2018, Greece, along with Germany, were among the top EU countries where suspected FETÖ members sought asylum after the defeated coup attempt, according to Turkish officials.

FETÖ and its U.S.-based leader, Fetullah Gülen, orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people dead and nearly 2,200 injured.

Ankara accuses FETÖ of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.