Turkey to ask Bulgaria to extradite person with ‘close ties’ to Gülen

Turkey is to send a delegation to Bulgaria to request the extradition of a person said to have close ties to anti-Erdoğan opposition leader and Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen, whom Ankara blames for the failed military coup on July 15.

This was announced on July 31 by Turkish foreign minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Bulgarian media reports said.

Çavuşoğlu made the statement in Antalya, where he took part in a large rally billed as being in defence of democracy. The rally is among a sequence of events under Erdoğan’s rule after the failed coup, which has seen a massive crackdown throughout Turkey, including large-scale detentions of military personnel, academics and journalists, among others.

Çavuşoğlu said that there was a “traitor” in Bulgaria, who had fled there previously. A delegation would be sent to Bulgaria to lodge a formal request for the person’s return, he said.

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