Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan calls on the U.S. to hand over U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Erdogan blames for Friday night's attempted coup. Diane Hodges reports.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is calling on the U.S. to extradite the U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen. Erdogan accuses Gulen of being behind Friday night's attempted coup. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PRESIDENT, TAYYIP ERDOGAN, SAYING: "After this coup attempt, I again call on U.S. President Barack Obama. I say: 'Give this person in Pennsylvania to Turkey already.' I say to the United States, if we are strategic partners, if we are model partners, please comply with your partner's request because we have given you every terrorist that you wanted from us." Gulen is a legal U.S. resident who lives in Pennsylvania. (UPSOT OF GULEN) In an interview Saturday Gulen denied any connection to the coup. He said Erdogan leveled the same accusations in 2013, and imprisoned what Gulen said were "hundreds and hundreds of people" the government believed were Gulen's followers. On Saturday, Turkish authorities rounded up nearly 3,000 military members and detained thousands of judges they say were involved in the latest coup attempt. U.S. President Obama has called on all parties in Turkey to avoid destabilizing behavior and follow the rule of law.