Everyone is aware that despite Halkbank being a completely different case, the super-powerful US could have fined the bank – there was no need for Zarrab to be a witness or for Atilla to be a defendant. However, the US did not take this course of action, as it had done with other banks.
“Evidence” cited in the Iran Sanctions, or Hakan Atilla case, formerly known as the Reza Zarrab case, have been provided by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), who illegally smuggled documents from Turkey to the US.
Members of the Turkish opposition, FETO and the US have utilized around the Iran Sanctions Case, using it as an opportunity to attack the government.
There is much to indicate that Zarrab, just like Gulen, has become a new tool for some circles of the US government to take on the Turkish government.
The U.S. providing shelter to FETÖ members and weapons to the PKK-affiliated terrorist group in Syria remain two main factors behind its frozen ties with Turkey.
It all began in April 2013 with a letter written by an effective group of members in the US House of Representatives to former US Secretary of State John Kerry and the US Secretary of Treasury Jack Lew. The letter, which mostly bared the signatures of the opposing republicans, stated that Turkey had violated sanctions the US had imposed on Iran.