Gulen says he would accept extradition to Turkey

Gulen says he would accept extradition to Turkey

Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based Muslim cleric accused by Turkey of instigating last year's failed coup, says he has no plans to flee the United States and would accept extradition if Washington agrees to a request by Ankara to hand him over.

Gulen denied a Turkish government allegation from February that he was preparing to leave for Canada to avoid extradition. "The rumors aren't true at all," he told Reuters.

"If the United States sees it appropriate to extradite me, I would leave (for Turkey)," he said.

Gulen denounced President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's consolidation of power and the seizure of media outlets, comparing him to a "dictator." He urged the Trump administration and European governments to do more to encourage the restoration of political freedoms in Turkey.

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