ISTANBUL — More than two months after a rump military group and its backers tried to overthrow the elected government of Turkey — bombing the parliament, sending tanks into the streets, and only narrowly failing in an attempt to kidnap the president — the Turkish government last week sent Washington its first evidence that an elderly cleric living in rural Pennsylvania was the mastermind of the coup attempt.
If the information persuades the Justice Department, a federal court will then decide whether to accede to Turkey’s demand that Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish imam who has resided under self-imposed exile in the United States for nearly two decades, be sent home to face charges.
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