Trump: Sending cleric to Turkey 'not under consideration'

US President Donald Trump talks to the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, US, before his departure to California, November 17, 2018. (Reuters)
Updated 17 November 2018
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Trump: Sending cleric to Turkey 'not under consideration'

  • Fethullah Gulen has lived for nearly 20 years in self-exile at an Islamic retreat in the Pocono Mountains
  • He denies the allegations made by the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump says extraditing a Turkish-born Muslim cleric blamed by Turkey for engineering a 2016 military coup attempt is "not under consideration."
Fethullah Gulen has lived for nearly 20 years in self-exile at an Islamic retreat in the Pocono Mountains. He denies the allegations made by the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The US has told Turkey it must present convincing evidence for any extradition proceeding to go forward.
Trump tells reporters that "we are always looking at whatever we can do for Turkey," and he says the US is "having a very good moment" with Turkey following Turkey's recent release of a detained American pastor.
Trump is praising Erdogan as "a strong man," ''a tough man" and "a smart man."


Accused Christchurch mosque shooter also charged with terrorist act

Updated 21 May 2019
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Accused Christchurch mosque shooter also charged with terrorist act

  • Brenton Tarrant, a suspected white supremacist, faces 51 charges of murder and 40 of attempted murder
  • He is next due to appear in court in June

WELLINGTON: New Zealand police said on Tuesday they were charging the man accused of murder in shootings at two Christchurch mosques in March with engaging in a terrorist act.
The charge, which came under the country’s terrorism suppression legislation, was filed against Brenton Tarrant, police said in a statement.
The man, a suspected white supremacist, faces 51 charges of murder and 40 of attempted murder. He is next due to appear in court in June.