“Fake courts cannot try my country” – Turkey’s Erdoğan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused the U.S. court system of being fake, telling his ruling party faithful on Saturday that his government was beyond reproof.
“Some are seeking to try my country in fake courts they have set up. Let them not waste their time,” Cumhuriyet newspaper quoted Erdoğan as telling a meeting of his Justice and Development Party in the eastern city of Kars.
“We have no doubts in our ritual ablutions that there could be doubt about our prayers,” he said, implying that his government had not made any mistakes that could be tried.
Iranian-Turkish gold dealer Reza Zarrab has testified to a New York court this week, implicating a number of Turkish officials, including Erdoğan himself, in a scheme to bypass U.S. sanctions.
Erdoğan implied in his speech that Zarrab had sold out to power and wealth, and linked the case to the July 2016 failed coup attempt.
“Some people go to America, but this country’s true owners remain here,” he said. “Some become the slaves of Hans and some become the slaves of George.”
"My country can never be condemned by fake courts set up by FETO scoundrels, fake representatives," Erdogan said during a televised speech in the eastern city of Kars, referring to Gulen's group that Turkey has dubbed the "Fethullah Terrorist Organisation".