Turkey has begun efforts for the extradition from Ukraine of the leading suspect in the murder of Turkish academic Necip Hablemitoğlu, Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül said on Wednesday.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in particular has been carefully exerting effort for the extradition of Nuri Gökhan Bozkır, a former lieutenant in the Turkish military, Takvim newspaper quoted Gül as saying.
“I hope the necessary steps will be taken for his extradition before the independent judiciary,” Gül said.
Hablemitoğlu, an academic at Atatürk University who was known for his research and books on Gülen movement, was killed outside his home in the Turkish capital in 2002. His murder remains unsolved.
Hablemitoğlu branded the Gülen movement, which Ankara accuses of masterminding the July 2016 coup attempt to topple the government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, a criminal organisation.
The Turkish government accuses the Gülen network of infiltrating state institutions, including the military, and acting as a parallel state.
Suspect Bozkır, who has filed an asylum request in Ukraine, had been sought by a Turkey-issued warrant and Interpol Red Notice since May.
Ukraine arrested Bozkır on Dec. 16, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.