US charges against Turkish ex-minister 'political'
Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag on Thursday said U.S. charges against a Turkish former minister for violating U.S.-Iran sanctions were "politically motivated". Anadolu Agency said m Speaking at Anadolu Agency's Editor's Desk in Ankara، Bozdag described the move as an attempt by Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) members to take revenge for last year's defeated coup attempt.
FETO is using the U.S. justice system against Turkey، Bozdag said، adding that the Turkish government had warned the U.S. authorities about this issue.
An indictment was announced on Sept. 6 in New York، charging Zafer Caglayan and three other Turkish nationals for violating U.S. sanctions against Iran.
The charges stem from a probe into Reza Zarrab، a Turkish-Iranian gold trader arrested in the U.S. last year for alleged sanctions evasion.
Bozdag was referring to a previous attempt where FETO used its members in the Turkish judicial system to try and topple the government through an alleged corruption scandal.
FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup attempt of July 15، 2016 which left 250 people martyred and nearly 2،200 injured.
Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions، particularly the military، police and judiciary. Edited by Rehab Sayed