A former senior figure of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has been sentenced to pay compensation to the main opposition leader for sharing a fake photo showing him with Fetullah Gülen, the leader of FETÖ who is widely believed to have been behind the July 2016 coup attempt.
Andrew Brunson, a U.S. pastor who was at the heart of a diplomatic crisis between Turkey and the U.S., has said he would prefer that Fetullah Gülen, who resides in the U.S. and is accused by Turkey of having masterminded the failed coup attempt in 2016, was extradited to Turkey.
The United States is studying Turkey's demands for the extradition of preacher Fetullah Gülen, who is accused by Ankara of orchestrating a failed 2016 coup attempt, the State Department said Nov. 15.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and U.S. President Donald Trump held a phone call July 16 and discussed a road map for the Syrian city of Manbij, bilateral issues including jailed American pastor Andrew Brunson, who is set to appear in a Turkish court for the third time on July 18, and Fetullah Gülen, whom Turkish authorities want the U.S. to extradite.
Turkish police arrested 70 people, most of them military, local media reported. They are suspected of ties with Muslim preacher Fetullah Gülen, whom Ankara holds as the chief organizer of the attempted coup d'état of July 2016. The operation was carried out in the central Turkish province of Konya, and the police carried out simultaneous unannounced inspections of addresses in 27 provinces.