Turkey issues arrest warrant for US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen

ISTANBUL: Turkey’s state-run news agency says a court has issued a formal warrant for the arrest of US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.


Anadolu Agency says the Istanbul-based court issued the warrant Thursday, accusing Gulen of “ordering the July 15 coup attempt.”

The Turkish government says Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, masterminded the failed coup attempt by renegade officers in Turkey’s military and wants him extradited to Turkey.

The country has designated his movement as a terror organization.

Gulen has denied any involvement in the coup attempt.