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11:51  05 january  2018
11:51  05 january  2018 Source:   AFP

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has indicated that bilateral agreements between Ankara and Washington could be weakened due to the trial © Provided by AFP Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has indicated that bilateral agreements between Ankara and Washington could be weakened due to the trial

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday slammed the conviction in the US of a top Turkish banker in a trial on Iran sanctions busting, saying it was part of a "chain" of plots against his nation.

"What we are seeing in America is a chain of serious plots," Erdogan told reporters at Istanbul airport after the conviction of Mehmet Hakan Atilla, deputy chief executive of Turkish lender Halkbank.

"If this is the US understanding of justice then the world is doomed. There can be no such understanding of justice."

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ANKARA. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Jan. 5 that there was a serious chain of plots in the United States after the U . S . court verdict found Hakan Atilla, the former deputy chief executive officer of state lender Turkey slams US verdict finding Turkish banker Hakan Atilla guilty.

ANKARA: The Turkish government on Monday described a court case in the US that has aroused the ire of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a plot against Turkey , saying the suspects were being held like hostages.

The trial, which rested on the testimony of Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab, a suspect turned prosecution witness, implicated former Turkish ministers and even Erdogan in the Iran sanctions busting scheme.

But Erdogan lambasted the case as being "full of contradictions".

He also took aim at the United States for hosting the Pennsylvania-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, who Turkey accuses of being behind the failed 2016 coup and also of influencing prosecutors in the Atilla case.

"Those who are attempting a coup against us in my country... live like pashas in 400 acres of land," Erdogan said in apparent reference to Gulen's leafy estate.

The United States has so far resisted pressure from Ankara to handover Gulen for trial. Gulen denies any involvement in the failed coup bid.

Erdogan indicated that consequently bilateral agreements between Ankara and Washington were losing their value.

"Well then what are the international and bilateral legal agreements doing? They are becoming obsolete. I am saddened to say this but after this, the process will work like that," said Erdogan.

Analysts say that the court verdict has added yet another strain to Turkish-US relations and buried any hope of a reset in ties under President Donald Trump.

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