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A handout file picture made available on 27 December 2013 by fgulen.com shows Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic opinion leader and founder of the Gulen movement. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan allegedly accused Gulen to be behind the attempted coup while making an address to his supporters upon his arrival at Istanbul Ataturk airport in the early hours of 16 July 2016.
Photograph: EPA/FGULEN.COM / HANDOUT

The US State Department confirmed Tuesday that it has received a formal extradition request for the Turkish cleric accused of plotting a failed coup last month.

"We can confirm now that Turkey has requested the extradition of Mr (Fethullah) Gulen," spokesman Mark Toner said, but the request was on charges unrelated to the recent coup attempt.

The announcement confirms remarks made by a senior US official last week that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government so far only has requested Gulen's return on criminal charges not related to the coup.

Toner did not provide further details about what the charges against Gulen entailed.

US Justice Department officials are in Turkey to meet with Turkish officials and review evidence and Vice President Joe Biden is to meet with Turkish leaders Wednesday for talks that were expected to include the topic.

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