Turkey’s Justice Ministry has formally requested the U.S. to provisionally arrest Islamic cleric, Fethullah Gulen, accused by Ankara of masterminding failed July 15 coup.

Turkish government-run Anadolu News Agency, which reported this on Tuesday, recalled that Turkey had requested Gulen’s extradition and had been pressuring the U.S. to detain him.

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Gulen has lived in the U.S. since 1999.

Washington had said that it wanted to see concrete proof that the cleric was involved in the putsch.

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The suspected coup planner was a one-time ally of Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but the two fell out in recent years.

Turkey has been suspending and firing alleged sympathizers of Gulen from the civil service.

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It has also been arresting people in the private sector, though the purges appear to be extending far beyond those who might have been involved in the coup attempt.