Turkey links U.S. judge in sanctions case to wanted cleric

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December 7, 2017

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan points at the United Solidarity and Brotherhood rally in Gaziantep, Turkey, August 28, 2016. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

ANKARA (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman said on Wednesday the U.S. judge hearing the trial of an executive at Turkey’s state-owned Halkbank had taken part in events organized by a cleric Ankara blames for last year’s failed military coup.

“The issue has gone beyond a legal case, it has become a political case,” spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said in reference to the New York trial of a deputy general manager at the bank, who is charged with helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions.

The executive has pleaded not guilty and Halkbank says it has abided by Turkish and international law.

 

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