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Erdogan Calls on U.S. to Deport Cleric Behind ‘Coup’ Bid

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged the U.S. to deport a U.S.-based cleric he accuses of instigating a graft probe to try to topple his government, and vowed to seek the preacher’s extradition.

Pennsylvania-based cleric Fethullah Gulen and his followers should be expelled or handed over to Turkish authorities, Erdogan said in an interview with the “Charlie Rose” program, to be broadcast today on Bloomberg TV. He told reporters in Ankara that Turkey would begin taking legal steps to seek Gulen’s extradition, NTV television reported.