ANKARA – Turkey has formally asked Washington to arrest the US-based Turkish cleric, Fethullah Gulen, for ordering a failed attempt to overthrow the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan,

Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency said the request has been made by Turkish justice ministry. The United States yet remains to respond the request.

Gulen is currently living a self-exiled life in Pennsylvania, United States and has been accused of ordering Turkey’s failed military coup in July this year. Turkey seeks his extradition from the United States, however, Gulen denies the allegation.

Fethullah Gulen promotes the idea of modern Islam. He heads an organisation named Hizmet Movement, which runs a huge network of schools around the world.

His network is said to have connections with thousands of academics and top government officials in Turkey and abroad.