Nov 27 2017

Turkey seeks prosecutors' arrest as Zarrab trial looms

A Turkish court requested that Interpol issue ‘red notices’ for the arrest of three former prosecutors who led a corruption investigation against the government in 2013.

The Supreme Court is seeking the detention and extradition of Zekeriya Öz, Celal Kara, and Mehmet Yüzgeç, World Bulletin reported on Monday.

U.S. prosecutors have presented evidence from the corruption investigation as an exhibit in the trial of Mehmet Hakan Atilla, an executive of state-run Halkbank, on money-laundering charges. The hearings in New York, which also involve Iranian-Turkish gold trader Reza Zarrab, are due to start on Dec. 4.

Istanbul prosecutors have also begun an investigation into the U.S. prosecutors who brought the charges against Atilla and Zarrab after Ankara said the case was based on fabricated documents from the 2013 investigation, quashed by then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Turkey says the Gülen movement sought to bring down the government via the corruption investigation, which ensnared government ministers, and a failed military coup last year. Fethullah Gülen, who resides in the United States, denies the charges.