Turkey’s President Erdoğan Zarrab Case Doesn’t Concern Turkey

tayyip_erdogan_4_yargi_paketi_geliyor_h8539The U.S. probe into Reza Zarrab, an Iranian-born Turkish businessman who was arrested in Miami on March 19 over Iran-related sanction charges, doesn’t concern Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said, while calling on U.S. officials to act against institutions linked to Fethullah Gülen.

“The real money launderers are in Pennsylvania,” Erdoğan told journalists at a press meeting at Istanbul Atatürk Airport before leaving for a visit to the U.S. on March 29, in reference to Gülen, when asked about the Zarrab case.

“I wonder if the officials assessed their situation. The law offices in the U.S. have filed very interesting criminal complaints recently. As you already know, the parallel state structure has plenty of educational institutions in the U.S and among these institutions are the United States’ charter schools. They ripped these off very mischievously,” Erdoğan said.

Erdoğan said Zarrab’s lawyers would give the necessary defense in the case and the arrest was not related to Turkey.