Author : ABDULKADİR SELVİ, Hurriyet Dailynews
Posted : March 23, 2017
This is not the first contact with U.S. officials on Fethullah Gülen’s extradition.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in his first talk with President Donald Trump, brought up Gülen’s extradition. Trump said he would have the extraction of Gülen reviewed, and pledged that if necessary he would also look into whether or not he could be tried in the U.S.
On March 21, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions had a phone conversation about Gülen’s extradition. Bozdağ had written a letter to his American counterpart before and gave detailed information on the extradition matter. On Sept. 10, 2016, we had applied to the U.S. for the provisional arrest of Gülen as the leader of the coup attempt.
In Erdoğan’s meeting with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Bozdağ had presented evidences revealing the connection between Gülen and the July 15 coup attempt.
On Oct. 27, 2016, Bozdağ had met the then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch on the matter regarding Gülen’s extradition.
I am fed up with writing about them and I am sure you are fed up reading about them too.
What has happened despite all these appeals? It was understood on March 21 that the file on the extradition of Gülen has not been sent to the courts yet. They have not even opened its cover.
This dialogue occurred between an influential name in the Trump administration and one of our politicians:
“Extradite Gülen to Turkey.”
“Do you believe that an imam has done this?”
“Yes, I do, because the parliament building I was in has been bombed.”
Do they want a proof regarding the coup attempt?
In his parliament visit after July 15, the U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford said evidence will be taken into consideration for Gülen’s extradition. Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar told him, “I am the biggest proof. They wanted me to talk to Gülen.”
What has happened? This is the justice of the “Wild West.”
-They do not believe that Imam Gülen has staged a coup but they believe imam Osama bin Laden has done Sept. 11.
They do not extradite Imam Gülen to Turkey but they tie a stone to imam Osama bin Laden’s feet and drop him in the sea.
-The do not believe Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has staged a coup but they believe Erdoğan has staged a coup theater.
Why doesn’t the U.S. take a step for Gülen’s extradition? It is because they have collaborated in crime. The U.S., which had made the Turkish military stage a coup in May 27, March 12, Sept. 12 and Feb. 28, this time assigned FETÖ. That’s why they are protecting him. Since they are not extraditing him, it means their business is not finished yet.
CIA Director David Petraeus visited Turkey after the “Mavi Marmara flotilla” crisis, and told then-Prime Minister Erdoğan, “You expect Israel’s apology, we would restore your relations with the Gülen community.” Upon this, Erdoğan turned to MİT Undersecretary Hakan Fidan and asked, “Are they this close?”
Now we should add the words of the head of the German Intelligence Service, which was, “There is no evidence that Gülen is behind the coup attempt,” and ask, Kahl, “Are you this close?”
On March 21, Bozdağ spoke for half an hour with Sessions. Bozdağ demanded Gülen to be provisionally arrested and extradited to Turkey. He asked Sessions to take the file to court.
Sessions on the other hand, responded, “I will evaluate.”