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US justice department to send team to Turkey for Gulen probe: Bloomberg

The US-based Muslim cleric has been accused of playing a role in July 15 coup bid in Turkey. President Erdogan has also blamed Gulen of playing a role in a series of recent bomb attacks in eastern Turkey. Photograph: (Getty)

Reuters Washington, DC, United States Aug 21, 2016, 04.58 AM (IST)
The US Justice Department will dispatch a team to Turkey in coming days to pursue allegations by the Turkish government of criminal activity by Fethullah Gulen, Bloomberg news reported on Friday, citing an Obama administration official.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has demanded the United States extradite Gulen, a Turkish-born cleric who lives in Pennsylvania, accusing him of being behind a coup attempt last month. Gulen has denied the accusation.

Meanwhile, the Turkish government is in talks with banks on ending financing to companies linked to the Muslim cleric, Deputy prime minister Mehmet Simsek told broadcaster TRT Haber on Friday.

Simsek, speaking live on the state broadcaster, said that while it was "critical" to stop financing of companies linked to Gulen, there were just a few hundred and the moves would not impact the economy. 

Erdogan has also blamed Gulen of playing a role in a series of recent bomb attacks in eastern Turkey blamed on the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

(Reuters) 
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