Turkey has dismissed as “ludicrous and groundless” a report that Turkish officials may have discussed kidnapping a U.S.-based Muslim cleric in exchange for millions of dollars.
On November 10, The Wall Street Journal reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was investigating an alleged plot involving former U.S. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and his son to forcibly remove Fethullah Gulen and hand him over to Ankara for as much as $15 million. Turkey blames Mr. Gulen for the failed coup attempt in 2016. Mr. Gulen denies the claim.
In a statement on November 12 on Twitter, Turkey’s embassy in Washington reiterated demands that the U.S. extradite Mr. Gulen. The embassy said Turkey has been working with U.S. agencies to provide evidence of Mr. Gulen’s culpability and rejected “allegations that Turkey would resort to means external to the rule of law”.