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Turkey requests Germany extradite top suspect in coup attempt

People hold banners during a protest against defendants involved in last July’s attempted coup in Turkey in front of the prison where the defendants are being held on May 22, 2017 [Murat Kula/Anadolu Agency]
People hold banners during a protest against defendants involved in last July’s attempted coup in Turkey in front of the prison where the defendants are being held on May 22, 2017 [Murat Kula/Anadolu Agency]

Turkey yesterday sent a memorandum to the German authorities demanding the extradition of a man who it says is a key suspect in the coup attempt which took place in mid-July 2016.

Foreign Minister Mouloud Jawish Oglu said that there were "reports of the presence of Adil Oksuz [suspected of being in command of the infiltrators in the Turkish air force] in Germany."

"Turkish Foreign Ministry sent an official memorandum in which it demanded the confirmation of the presence of Oksuz on its soil, then his arrest and extradition back to Turkey."

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He pointed out that the Turkish embassy in Berlin delivered the memorandum to the German Foreign Ministry and drew attention to the need to clarify the matter that was addressed by different media outlets from official sources.

And regarding the tense relationship between the two countries, Jawish Oglu said that his country is in regular contact with Germany to affirm if Ankara has at any point followed a hostile policy and that Berlin confirmed that there were no such policies.

There are some 3.5 million Turks living in Germany.

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