Turkish President Erdoğan: US Verdict Part of ‘Plots’ Against Turkey

Turkey’s President Erdoğan 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 Turkey.

“What we are seeing in America is a chain of serious plots,” Erdoğan 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.”

He also took aim at the United States for hosting the Pennsylvania-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, 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,” Erdoğan said in apparent reference to Gülen’s leafy estate.