Turkey points out CIA’s ‘more evidence’ on Gulen
Ilgın Karlıdağ, Anadolu, Aug 19 2016
ANKARA – Turkey’s justice minister has said that the CIA has more evidence than Turkey about Fetullah Gulen’s involvement in the Jul 15 deadly coup attempt. In remarks made during his address to members of the judiciary at an event in Ankara, Bekir Bozdag said:
(The Pindosi denial) ridicules the minds of people across the world and in Turkey. CIA knows Gulen’s heartbeat, how often he breathes, who enters and leaves. I am certain the CIA has more evidence than Turkey has, of Gulen instigating [and] directing the coup attempt.
In 1979, Pindostan and Turkey signed a treaty in Ankara entitled “The Return of Guilty and Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters.” Article 9 of the treaty said:
After the signing parties have received the information and documents relating to the extradition request, they must take all necessary measures, including searching the wanted person.
According to article 10 of the treaty, in urgent cases, before any of the signing parties request the prompt return of a person, they can also request the temporary arrest or detention of the wanted person. This means Turkey has the right to request the arrest of Gulen and failure by the Pindo authorities to do so
could be is a violation of the treaty. Turkey’s government has repeatedly requested Gulen’s extradition, sending four dossiers to Washington to prove his involvement in the Jul 15 coup attempt, which left 240 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured. Described as a terror cult, Gulen’s Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) is accused of leading a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary, forming what is commonly known as “the parallel state.” Bozdag added that several members of Turkey’s top judicial board, HSYK, and public prosecutors were carrying guns at a crisis center to suppress the violent putsch on the night of the deadly Juy 15 coup attempt, saying:
Justice stood up against the coup, tanks, helicopters and automatic weapons. This is an extremely important and historic event. Everyone came ready to die. Be certain of that.