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The Çağlayan warrant

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Turkey does not deserve such treatment, but even in such a horrible situation there is an unbelievable sense of stubbornness.

“If one goes, all will go,” seems to be the thinking driving the Turkish government’s response to the U.S. arrest warrant issued for former Trade Minister Zafer Çağlayan over Iranian sanctions busting. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) complains that it is part of a plot ultimately aimed at the number one: President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Getting a “not guilty” decision for three ministers accused of corruption at a political tribunal where the ruling party has a clear majority may have saved the ministers at home.

But if the crimes they are alleged to have been involved in relate to busting international embargoes, bribery, favoritism and misuse of office, then getting a “clean” verdict in........

© Hürriyet Daily News