Deputy Prime Minister and government spokesman Bekir Bozdag answered the questions of journalists at Cankaya Palace following the Cabinet meeting.
There is Nothing Illegal
In answer to the question: “American judicial system has recently brought charges against President Erdoğan’s guards as well as former minister Zafer Çağlayan. Today there was news in the press that Reza Zarrab was released. Do you have any information on this issue?" Bekir Bozdağ said trade relations between Turkey and Iran were legal according to both international and Turkish law.
American Judicial System has been Used as an Instrument
Bozdağ continued as follows:
“It became clear that Dec. 17-25 was a conspiracy of the Fetullahist Terrorist Organization and its associates. Today there is no doubt that Dec. 17-25 was the part of a terrorist organization’s plan to topple the legitimate government in Turkey.
The American judicial system has certainly been used as an instrument for the conspiracy of Fetullahist Terrorist Organization (FETO). Judge Richard Berman, who is presiding over Reza Zarrab’s case, attended and moderated an international conference in Turkey held by Fetullahist Terrorist Organization in an effort to justify the coup attempt of Dec. 17-25. He even criticized Turkey and the Turkish government by using the arguments of Fetullahist Terrorist Organization. This judge will hear and rule on the Reza Zarrab case file, which also includes our minister and Halk Bank Deputy CEO.”
"Groundless, Biased and Unfair Indictment"
Bekir Bozdağ noted the following about the guards of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan:
There is a groundless, biased and unfair indictment. We want to express frankly that this is an indictment drafted based on the statements of PKK/PYD supporters following events galvanized by their protest there on that day.
They never hold themselves responsible for the events, but the Turkish guards. This is not fair, it is unlawful and the indictment is biased. Such indictments cause harm to Turkey-US relations.
KRG Referendum must be cancelled
Commenting on the discussions regarding the referendum in KRG, Bozdağ continued:
This referendum does not do any good for Barzani, for the Kurds living there, for the countries and the people in the region. I urge President Barzani to call off this referendum. It is no good for anyone. They should review this decision and cancel the referendum before it is time.