Fethullah Gulen
Fethullah Gulen Reuters

Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, the former ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan whose followers Turkey blames for this weekend's failed coup, said on Sunday that he would obey any extradition ruling from the United States.

At the same time, reported Reuters, he repeated his previous assertions that Erdogan had staged the putsch.

"I am not really worried about the extradition request," Gulen was quoted as having told reporters, speaking through a translator in Pennsylvania where he lives.

Turkey has said it is putting together an extradition request for the cleric. The U.S. government has said it would consider any formal request.

Gulen leads from exile a popular movement called Hizmet and split from Erdogan over a corruption scandal in 2013. Erdogan has long accused him of running a parallel state from abroad.

On Saturday Gulen hinted that the weekend's uprising by members of the country’s military could have been “staged” by the government.

“I don’t believe that the world believes the accusations made by President Erdogan,” Gulen said, adding, “There is a possibility that it could be a staged coup and it could be meant for further accusations [against the Gulenists].”

He al;so stressed he rejected all military interventions, and said he had personally suffered after the coups of the 1990s.

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