Recep Tayyip Erdogan
When the state of emergency (OHAL) was declared, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan himself said it would "absolutely not be used as a practice against democracy, the law and freedoms. On the contrary, it aims to protect and strengthen these values."
Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ and U.S. Ambassador to Turkey John Bass discussed the extradition of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, the self-exiled Islamic preacher accused by Ankara of masterminding the failed military coup attempt, private broadcaster CNN Türk reported on Sept. 9.
The meeting, which went on for 1.5 hours, reportedly took place upon the request of Bass.