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Turkish Justice Minister to meet w AG Sessions for Zarrab, Gulen

By Ilhan Tanir, Washington DC

Turkish Minister of Justice Bekir Bozdag is coming to Washington on Monday to meet with the US Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Minister Bozdag’s arrival to Washington comes a day or two after the Turkish Chief of Staff Hulusi Akar, Presidents Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin and Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MIT) Undersecretary Hakan Fidan.

Reza Zarrab’s case will be on the top of the agenda for Bozdag’s meeting with US Justice Minister Sessions as well as Fethullah Gulen’s extradition case will be discussed.

Rudy Giuliani, a lobbyist for the Turkish Government as well as a litigator for Reza Zarrab also mentioned that he had meetings with the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Last month, Southern District Judge Richard Berman ordered a Curcio hearing in the Zarrab case to discuss potential conflicts of interest presented by Zarrab’s retention of Giuliani.

The US Attorney General also has the right to consult on district attorneys’ cases. Consultation on significant prosecution case must be done under Attorney General guidelines or by request of the other components and agencies, at the headquarters level and must be in the interest of the US. Giuliani mentioned in his affidavit that he was seeking to find a ‘diplomatic’ solution with the Turkish government and for the US national interests.

It is still unknown what the negotiations involve. Sinan Ulgen, who has served in the Turkish Foreign Service in several capacities, told New York Times that in exchange of Zarrab’s release, Turkey might be willing to accept a US-PYD partnership in Syria.

Another topic to be on the agenda for Minister Bekir Bozdag’s talks in Washington is the extradition of the exiled Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, which the Turkish Government accuses main actor behind the failed coup, and calls it ”FETO”, a terrorist organization.

Turkish government demands, at a minimum, the arrest of Fethullah Gulen. The US Justice Department is yet to make a statement about the documents that the Turkish government delivered for Gulen’s extradition.

The now fired Security national adviser to the Trump campaign, Michael Flynn wrote that Gulen should be extradited in an article to the Hill newspaper in Washington. Later Flynn registered as a lobbyist for the Turkish government.

 

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