U.S. arrest of Turkish banker 'completely political' - justice minister
March 30, 2017 | 2:00 PM
by Reuters
File Photo: Turkey's Halkbank headquarters are seen in Ankara December 17, 2013. Photo: Reuters

Ankara: The arrest in the United States of a top Turkish banker charged with participating in a multi-year scheme to violate sanctions against Iran is a "completely political" move, Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag told broadcaster A Haber on Thursday.

The Halkbank executive is accused of conspiring with Turkish-Iranian gold trader Reza Zarrab, who is already on trial. Bozdag said the case was designed to tarnish Turkey and President Tayyip Erdogan, adding there was no evidence incriminating Zarrab or Turkey.

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