Dec 06 2017

Court confiscates assets of former Turkish opposition MP

The Istanbul chief prosecutor’s office has confiscated all the assets and bank accounts belonging to jailed Turkish former main opposition parliamentarian Aykan Erdemir.

Erdemir, presently a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington D.C., is charged with taking fake evidence from Turkey to the court in a U.S. sanctions-busting case currently being heard in New York.

Despite initial reports to the contrary, Erdemir is not listed as a witness in the Mehmet Hakan Atilla case, in which a former executive at a Turkish state bank is being tried for aiding a scheme to undermine U.S. sanctions.

The case has led to a rift in relations between the United States and Turkey after a former defendant, Iranian-Turkish gold dealer Reza Zarrab, made a plea deal and began speaking about Turkish officials’ role in the scheme – right up to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan himself.