ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey said on Monday that its former economy minister, indicted in the United States for conspiring to violate U.S. Iran sanctions, acted within international law and that charges against him amounted to a coup attempt through American courts.
Former minister Zafer Caglayan "has protected Turkey's interests as Turkish economy minister, and has acted within the laws of our country and international laws while doing that," government spokesman Bekir Bozdag said.
The charges against Caglayan were "a repetition of the December FETO coup attempt ... through the American judiciary", Bozdag said, referring to 2013 leaks about alleged government corruption, which were blamed on President Tayyip Erdogan's opponents.
Bozdag also condemned the indictment of Erdogan's guards over violence during his visit to Washington earlier this year, saying it relied on testimony from supporters of the outlawed militant PKK group, and had done "great damage" to U.S.-Turkish ties.
(Reporting by Ece Toksabay; Writing by Dominic Evans)