ANKARA - Turkey’s prime minister said Tuesday his government had sent four files to the United States, as Ankara seeks the extradition of US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen over his alleged links to Friday’s attempted coup.

“We have sent four dossiers to the United States for the extradition of the terrorist chief. We will present them with more evidence than they want,” Binali Yildirim told parliament.

Gulen has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since 1999 and has denied any involvement in the putsch.

The Turkish premier called on the United States to “give up protecting that traitor” during a speech to his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

“We have no hesitation about the origin (of the coup). It is crystal clear. “We know who staged and who ran it,” he said, referring to the “parallel terrorist organisation” Turkey says is run by Gulen.

Yildirim began his address by commemorating “democracy martyrs” and described parliament as a “veteran” after the building was extensively damaged by several airstrikes on the night of the coup. “July 15 has shown the power of tanks were defeated by the power of people. This nation takes its strength from people, not from tanks.

“This parliament has seen plenty of coups but none of the coups have dropped bombs on parliament,” he said, referring to the three attempts to seize power launched by the army since 1960 and the 1997 bloodless coup which forced an Islamist government out of office. “None of the coups have directed guns at their people, none of the coups have bombed their people.”

His speech was often interrupted by applause while party supporters waved Turkish flags in parliament.

The United States has not received an extradition request from Turkey for US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen but the government has indicated it will happen, a State Department official said on Tuesday.

“We still cannot confirm the physical receipt of an extradition request, we’re in touch with Turkish officials,” the official told Reuters, adding: “They have indicated they will hand it over.”

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his government accuse Gulen of orchestrating a failed military takeover on Friday.

Fethullah Gulen has dismissed as doomed to fail Ankara’s bid to extradite him from the United States over a failed coup attempt. Gulen, the spiritual leader of the Hizmet movement - which promotes moderate Islam across dozens of countries and is dubbed a terrorist group by Erdogan - firmly denies Ankara’s charge he was behind the coup bid.

“I have no concerns personally,” Gulen said in an interview with several media outlets including AFP at his compound in the Pennsylvania town of Saylorsburg he has called home since 1999 under self-imposed exile. The United States “is a country of law,” added the cleric.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Tuesday to revive plans for an Istanbul park that sparked anti-government protests in 2013, saying a failed coup bid would not stop a series of building projects, risking further polarisation in the country.

“God willing, first we will build historically appropriate barracks at Taksim, whether they like it or not,” Erdogan told supporters gathered outside his Istanbul home overnight to show their defiance after a faction of the military attempted to overthrow him on July 15.

Erdogan last month floated anew plans to build a replica of the barracks, site of a failed Islamist uprising in the early 20th century. Reiterating his intent so soon after the coup attempt underscores his commitment to the project.

The Turkish army said Tuesday that the vast majority of its members had no links with Friday’s attempted coup and warned that the putschists would face severe punishment.

“The overwhelming majority of our members who love their people, nation and flag have absolutely nothing to do” with this coup “attempted by traitors,” it said in a statement.

The army said the plooters would be punished severely for the “humiliation and disgrace” on the Turkish republic. “Believers of the rule of law, democracy and the high value of our nation and its noble aims were the victors,” it added.

The armed forces blamed the “Fethullah Terrorist Organisation” (FETO) for the failed putsch, referring to Fethullah Gulen, a one-time ally turned foe of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan has accused Gulen of leading the coup from afar in the United States - charges which the Islamic preacher strongly denies.

The army said its chief of staff Hulusi Akar had refused at gunpoint to sign a document in support of the attempted overthrow of the government.

“An illegal gang of terrorists in FETO tried to force the Chief of General Staff to sign a document and read a statement live on television by making threats against him,” it said.

“The traitors made this request of the chief of General Staff which he strongly refused.”