Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based Muslim cleric accused by Turkey of instigating last year's failed coup, says he has no plans to flee the United States and would accept extradition if Washington agrees to a request by Ankara to hand him over. Justin Mitchell reports.
Nearly a year after the bloody failed coup against Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan, the man Erdogan blames for the ill-fated attempt - Fethullah Gulen - says he would accept extradition to Turkey if the Trump administration agrees to turn him over. The US-based cleric telling Reuters in an exclusive interview he staunchly denies any role in the military plot… (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) FETHULLAH GULEN, SAYING: "I have never supported a coup or an ouster." …but saying he would quote "respect their decision. I would go without any bad feelings." The leader of a popular Turkish movement called "Hizmet"- Gulen thinks Erdogan is seeking dictatorial powers over Turkey…but can only be replaced by non-violent means…such as the massive march staged by an opposition party last weekend. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) FETHULLAH GULEN, SAYING: "A strong opposition voice is growing, not a brute force revolt but at least a revolution through democratic means." Erdogan has appealed directly to Trump on the matter, but U.S. officials tell Reuters Turkey has yet to provide enough evidence for the Justice Department to move ahead with the case.