- Danny Cevallos: Turkish President wants political rival living in Pennsylvania extradited over coup attempt. Can he do that?
- Every extradition request becomes a case-by-case analysis, guided by moment's prevailing international political winds, he says
Danny Cevallos (@CevallosLaw) is a CNN legal analyst and a personal injury and criminal defense attorney admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has blamed last weekend's failed military coup on Fethullah Gulen, a reclusive 75-year old Turkish imam living in self-imposed exile in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania.
On the other hand, the Turkish President could simply allege pre-approved crimes straight from the appendix of the treaty: Conspiracy? Malicious damage to property? Arson? Check, check, and check. They're all in the treaty.
If the requested country suspects the requesting country is going to pull a switcheroo with the charges, extradition can be denied.