In this Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 file photo, Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab is surrounded by the media members as he arrives at a courthouse in Istanbul,in a separate case against him. (Depo Photos via AP, File)
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The Turkish government Monday described a court case in the U.S. that has aroused the ire of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a plot against Turkey, saying that the two suspects were being held "like hostages".The case has intrigued opponents of the government in Turkey, where Zarrab was linked to a 2013 corruption scandal that Erdogan denounced as a plot by Gulen to bring down his government.The intrigue intensified with American reports that Zarrab is now cooperating with U.S. prosecutors, raising the prospect of a plea bargain that could embarrass Ankara.Bozdag accused the U.S. prosecutors of trying to force the suspects to give statements that will tarnish Turkey but insisted there was "no legitimate evidence".
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