Turkey to take steps regarding arrest of banker in US

Turkey to take steps regarding arrest of banker in US

Ankara will take the necessary diplomatic and legal steps regarding the arrest of a top banker from Turkey's Halkbank, Mehmet Hakan Atilla, who was detained in the US, the presidential adviser Cemil Ertem said.

On Wednesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the Fethullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) could be behind the detention. According to him, Halkbank is acting in line with international rules and all the accusations against him are groundless.

An executive from Turkey's fifth-largest listed bank by assets, Halkbank, is accused of conspiring with Turkish-Iranian gold trader Reza Zarrab, who is already on trial. Turkey's justice minister had said earlier the arrest was a "completely political" move.

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