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US Does not Imagine Extraditing Gülen in Exchange for the Release of Pastor

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The United States will not consider extraditing Pennsylvania-based preacher Fethullah Gülen in exchange for the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been in jail in Turkey since October 2016, a government official has said, Hurriyet reports.

"I can’t imagine that we would go down that road," State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters during a press briefing.

"We have received several requests for his extradition from the Turkish government," said Nauert, regarding Turkey’s request for Gülen’s extradition.

"Though—that is something—we have not talked about this for a while … We continue to evaluate it [and] take a look at the materials that the Turkish government has provided us," she said.

It should be recalled that Turkish President Erdoğan called on the United States to exchange Gülen with Pastor Brunson.


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