Re­port: US al­lowed FETÖ fig­ures to vi­o­late Iran sanc­tions

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - National -

A FOR­MER ex­ec­u­tive of a com­pany owned by fugi­tive Gülenist Ter­ror Group (FETÖ) fig­ures came for­ward with ev­i­dence that two men be­lieved to be in the United States were al­lowed to con­duct trade with Iran de­spite sanc­tions.

Halil İbrahim Koca and İbrahim Faruk Bayındır, two part­ners in the Bo­ra­jet avi­a­tion com­pany, did busi­ness with Iran and even opened an of­fice there, ac­cord­ing to Kadir Peker, for­mer man­ager at the avi­a­tion com­pany.

Peker pre­sented ev­i­dence on the mat­ter to pros­e­cu­tors in Is­tan­bul and de­tailed how they op­er­ated a com­pany in Iran in 2013. Doc­u­ments show Bo­ra­jet, which al­legedly was used for fi­nanc­ing FETÖ ac­tiv­i­ties, was based in the United States.

Peker said all pa­per­work re­gard­ing the com­pany in Iran was stored in Bo­ra­jet of­fices in Is­tan­bul but the com­pany’s of­fi­cials later de­stroyed them. He pre­sented pros­e­cu­tors com­pany memos and other doc­u­ments that pur­port to show the ex­is­tence of the com­pany he saved from de­struc­tion.

Bayındır and Koca face mul­ti­ple de­ten­tion and ar­rest war­rants in a string of cases re­lated to FETÖ.

FETÖ is ac­cused of mul­ti­ple coup at­tempts since 2013, and is im­pli­cated in a se­ries of crimes rang­ing from money laun­der­ing, black­mail, il­le­gal wire­tap­ping and sham tri­als or­ches­trated by its mem­bers in ju­di­ciary, law en­force­ment and bu­reau­cracy.

Turk­ish au­thor­i­ties con­fis­cated the as­sets of hun­dreds of companies used to fi­nance FETÖ ac­tiv­i­ties after the July 15, 2016 coup at­tempt blamed on the group.

Ankara has also asked the United States to ex­tra­dite Koca and Bayındır. Bayındır was im­pli­cated in a sex tape scan­dal blamed on FETÖ-linked fig­ures.

Bayındır is ac­cused of fi­nanc­ing an on­line cam­paign against ex­ec­u­tives of the op­po­si­tion Na­tion­al­ist Move­ment Party (MHP), in­clud­ing the re­lease of sex tapes in­volv­ing MHP law­mak­ers who later quit over the scan­dal.

He fled to the United States after an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was launched into him last year. Koca, who also works as a lawyer, was also im­pli­cated in the sex tape case.

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