Turkey asks Germany to extradite coup suspect

August 16, 2017 12:27
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ANKARA - Turkey has asked Germany to extradite a theology lecturer suspected of playing a major role in last year's failed coup, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday.

Turkey sent a diplomatic note requesting the extradition of Adil Oksuz, who the government says was the "imam" of Turkish air force personnel who last year bombed parliament as part of the attempt to topple the government.

Authorities say Oksuz was detained near an Ankara air base hours after the coup attempt, only to be released by a judge two days later and has been on the run since. Turkish media have reported that Oksuz has been spotted in Frankfurt and Ulm and given a temporary residence permit by Germany's Baden-Wurttemberg state.

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