Interpol issued warrant on former Turkish minister, bank official – opposition MP

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Deputy Chairman Erdal Aksünger said Interpol issued red notices on former Turkish economy minister Zafer Çağlayan and Turkish state lender Halkbank’s former general manager Süleyman Aslan.

A red notice is “a request to locate and provisionally arrest an individual pending extradition,” Interpol website reads.

Çağlayan and Aslan were named as co-defendants in the original U.S. indictment, but only Iran-born billionaire Reza Zarrab and Halkbank’s former executive Hakan Atilla were arrested by the U.S. law enforcement. US authorities already issued an arrest warrant for former minister and close ally of Erdogan in the past. 

Zarrab pleaded guilty and turned government witness, and Atilla pleaded not guilty. After the trial, a New York jury on Wednesday found Atilla guilty of banking fraud and conspiring to evade U.S. sanctions against Iran, five out of six counts.

There is no trial in absentia in the U.S. justice system, Aksünger was quoted as saying by Germany-based Turkish news website Artı Gerçek. Therefore, Çağlayan and Aslan are sought by the Interpol.

Though when search Zafer Caglayan name on Interpol site, no result found. An arrest warrant is routine, a legal expert told Ahval, but an Interpol Red Notice is not.

Aksünger has observed the Atilla trial as a representative of his party, and said Halkbank faces $10 billion in fines for violating U.S. sanctions against Iran.