Turkish President voices support for Iran amid anti-government protests

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"Based on the so-called "evidence", which are forged and susceptible to political manipulation, and dwelling on Turkey's internal affairs on a fictitious basis, the USA court has been drawn into Turkey's domestic affairs in an unprecedented way", the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement.

"The US court... has interfered in Turkey's domestic affairs in an unprecedented way based on so-called evidence that is only fit for forgery and political abuse", the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement.

A senior Turkish official was quoted by Reuters news agency as claiming the us jury ruling was not valid and that it violated worldwide law.

In the decades after the Iranian hostage crisis, in which 52 Americans were held captive from 1979 to 1981, the United States imposed increasingly stiffer sanctions prohibiting virtually all USA financial dealings with oil-rich Iran, including many bank transactions.

A former Turkish police official, Huseyin Korkmaz, testified that the corruption investigation he had built against Zarrab and others in the gold-for-oil case was promptly quashed.

A jury on January 3 found Atilla, an executive at Turkish state-owned bank Halkbank, guilty of fraud and conspiracy, but he was found not guilty on a money-laundering charge. The conspiracy to violate the IEEPA and money laundering conspiracy counts each carry a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years. The paper also notes the court has prepared an "extradition request to be sent to the US for the suspect". Zarrab testified at the trial that Erdogan had ordered the transactions go forward. Gulen has denied the allegations, and USA officials have rebuffed Turkey's extradition demands, citing a lack of evidence.

"Today, after a full, fair, and open trial, a unanimous jury convicted Hakan Atilla, a senior banker at Halk Bank", Kim said. Ankara, which has long protested the case, announced Thursday that the decision marked "an unjust and unfortunate development".

The 47-year-old faces up to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced in April.

Atilla has denied all of the charges against him. Atilla's lawyer said his client was merely "a hapless pawn" in those deals, blaming Halkbank's client, Reza Zarrab, instead. In comments published in Turkey's Hurriyet newspaper last month, Erdogan described the leaders of Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium as "old friends", called recent contacts with them "quite good" and noted that they, like Turkey, oppose a controversial USA. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.