Turkey’s minister of Justice Bekir Bozdag said that there are intelligence information that Fethullah Gulen is seeking to escape to a number of countries, including Egypt, Canada, Mexico and South Africa, according to Rassd News Network.
Fetullah Gulen, who lives in a self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, the United States, is the first defendant in the failed military coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the democratically elected government in Turkey. He has a wide network of schools, charity institutions, and followers in Turkey and other places.
Erdogan accused Fethullah Gulen and his followers of forming “a parallel state” and plotting the military coup attempt on July 15 when rogue elements of the Turkish military tried to overthrow the country’s democratically-elected government, killing at least 246 people and injuring more than 2,100 others.
In this context, Ankara presented an official request to the United States of America to extradite Gulen. The United States said that it will deal with the issue according to the law.
There has been many calls in Egypt for granting Gulen political asylum if he was extradited from the United States of America.
Days ago, an Egyptian PM presented an urgent statement to the parliament to the Egyptian government calling for providing a political asylum to Fetullah Gulen as Turkey is hosting Egyptian opposition.
In the same context, Egyptian Journalist and TV program presenter, Ahmed Al-Moslimani, who is close to the Egyptian regime circles, suggested that “Egypt should host if the U.S. decided to extradite him,” as reported by Middle East Observer last Friday. Al-Moslimani said -in his “The First Edition” TV program, that is broadcast on the Egyptian pro-regime Dream TV channel- that “Gulen is an innovating Islamic thinker who has Islamic community thoughts that introduce an image of Islam that is different from that introduced by the terrorists and the hard-line currents of the political Islam.”
The Egyptian-Turkish relations have deteriorated after the ouster of the first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi in a military coup led by Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in 2013.
Several Brotherhood live in exile in Turkey, having fled a bloody crackdown on Islamists following the military coup. In many occasions, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has attacked the Egyptian government and condemned the military coup against .