U.S. Vice President Joe Biden told Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday that only a federal court could extradite Fethullah Gulen, the Muslim cleric Turkey blames for orchestrating last month's failed coup. In statements to reporters in Ankara after meeting Erdogan, Biden said those involved in the coup attempt were terrorists and said the U.S. had more lawyers working on the request for Gulen's extradition than in any other such recent case. Biden said it may be difficult for Turks to understand that President Barack Obama had no constitutional authority to extradite the cleric.
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's demands for the extradition of the U.S.-based cleric blamed for a failed July coup should not be disregarded and bilateral agreements between Ankara and Washington require his detention, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday. Erdogan was speaking after talks with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden about Turkey's extradition request for Fethullah Gulen, who has lived in exile in the United States since 1999. Gulen denies Turkish charges he was behind the coup bid. (Reporting by Ece Toksabay; Writing by Patrick Markey; Editing by David Dolan)
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