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Turkey Denies Offering Money For Gulen Extradition From U.S.

Turkey has rejected as "ludicrous and groundless" allegations that Turkish officials may have discussed a plan to seize U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen and hand him over to Ankara in exchange for millions of dollars.

The Turkish Embassy in Washington on November 12 reiterated demands that the United States extradite Gulen, but said Turkey would not operate outside the law to achieve that goal.

The statement follows U.S. media reports saying that U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating an alleged plot under which former national security adviser Michael Flynn and his son would have received as much as $15 million for seizing Gulen and delivering him to the Turkish government.

An attorney representing Flynn called the charges "outrageous."

Ankara accuses Gulen, who has asylum in the United States, of instigating an attempted coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in July 2016.

After U.S. President Donald Trump took office in January, Flynn served as national security adviser for 24 days before being forced to resign for misleading White House officials about his contacts with Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergei Kislyak.

Based on AFP, AP and Reuters Reporting