Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Erdogan: New York trial USA conspiracy against Turkey

Erdogan: New York trial USA conspiracy against Turkey

Police detained three of Zarrab's employees on suspicion of delivering documents from the network of Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen to US prosecutors, Anadolu said.

In it, the lawyers said that prosecutors over the weekend had turned over to them a summary of five jailhouse audio recordings of Reza Zarrab, a Turkish-Iranian gold trader who pleaded guilty in late October in a cooperation deal with the us government.

Atilla's defense lawyers will get to cross-examine Zarrab on Tuesday and are expected to mount a fierce attack on his credibility.

Zarrab previously testified under questioning by a prosecutor that he worked with Halkbank from 2012 to 2016 to help Iran spend its oil and gas revenue overseas using fraudulent gold and food transactions.

Erdogan said: "Turkey has no plans against the United States, but it is clear that the USA has plans against us".

Halkbank said last week that it had not taken part in any illegal transactions. He said he had a "close relationship" with Suleyman Aslan, who was Halkbank's general manager and Atilla's superior until 2013.

They said the delay in turning over the evidence to Atilla's team "significantly impairs the ability of the defense to properly and effectively utilize them at trial".

Zarrab, 34, of Istanbul, has been in custody since his March 2016 arrest as he arrived with his family in Florida for vacation. In his opening statement last week, Victor Rocco, another lawyer for Atilla, told jurors that Zarrab was motivated to lie in order to get out of jail.

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Nicholas Biase, a spokesman for prosecutors, declined to comment.

"You are furious with people in Turkey that it did not work, isn't that true?" It has infuriated President Tayyip Erdogan, who has cast the trial as an attempt to undermine Turkey and its economy.

The worldwide businessman - who also holds Iranian and Macedonian citizenship - previously testified that some of his lawyers tried negotiating a prisoner exchange with Turkey following his arrest in the U.S.

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