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Letter: U.S. should not back Turkish bid on cleric

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks after an

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks after an emergency meeting of the government in Ankara, Turkey, late Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Credit: AP

With great interest I read “Chaos in Turkey” [News, July 16]. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vows that those responsible for the attempted coup will pay “a heavy price.”

Without any investigation, Erdogan accused Fethullah Gulen, a self-exiled cleric, of plotting to overthrow Turkish democracy. Unfortunately, for Erdogan, “Turkish democracy” has conveniently become a toy for his own use.

Additionally, when it is convenient for him, he provides tacit support to the Islamic State group, and it’s no secret that his son Bilal profits from selling oil within ISIS-controlled territory.

The U.S. government should reject any calls to extradite Gulen to Turkey and its undemocratic President Erdogan.

Ilya Rubinstein, Sheepshead Bay