Turkey braces to strip Gulen of his citizenship

Turkey braces to strip Gulen of his citizenship


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Turkey may soon strip Fethullah Gulen of his citizenship, Al Monitor reported on Wednesday.

The Sunni cleric based in Pennsylvania is accused of plotting the July 15, 2016, coup attempt and, therefore, of being politically responsible for the death 249 individuals.

Under a legislative decree passed during the state of emergency, the government can “de-naturalize” individuals wanted for crimes against “the constitutional order” and “the security of the state” that cannot be reached overseas.

The law describes not only Gulen but also 130 individuals listed in a Turkey’s Official Gazette list on June 4. The government gave Gulen and members of his organization a three-month deadline to return and face trial or lose their citizenship. That deadline expired on September 5.

That deadline expired on September 5.

If Gulen becomes stateless, he could apply for citizenship as “statelessness” is regarded abnormal under international law. The cleric has lived in the United States since 1999. He may also seek refuge and citizenship in one of the countries with which Turkey has no extradition treaty, such as Canada or Australia. If Gulen were not a Turkish citizen, there would be absolutely no possibility for an extradition according to legal experts.

The cleric has lived in the United States since 1999 and may well be considered a candidate for naturalization. He may also seek refuge and citizenship in one of the many countries with which Turkey has no extradition treaty, such as Canada or Australia. If Gulen were not a Turkish citizen, there would be absolutely no possibility for an extradition according to legal experts.

If Gulen were not a Turkish citizen, there would be absolutely no possibility for an extradition according to legal experts. The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) in Turkey maintains that “denaturalization” is, in fact, a ploy to ensure that Gulen never returns to Turkey to testify. Before signaled out as a plotter, Gulen was a political ally of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). The opposition suggests that the underlying objective is to ensure the Pennsylvania-based cleric does not share his intimate knowledge of the rise to power of the ruling AKP.

Before Gulen was signaled out as a conspirator, he had been a political ally of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). The opposition suggests that the underlying objective is to ensure the Pennsylvania-based cleric does not share his intimate knowledge of the rise to power of the ruling AKP.

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