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Gold Trader to Tell Jury Inside Story of Turkish Corruption

  • Zarrab is the star U.S. witness at Iran sanctions trial
  • Banker Atilla accused in New York of aiding sanctions plot
Reza Zarrab in 2013
Reza Zarrab in 2013Photographer: OZAN KOSE/AFP
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Reza Zarrab, a Turkish-Iranian gold trader at the center of an international corruption case, is set to tell a New York jury the “inside story” of a plot to evade American sanctions on Iran that reached the highest levels of Turkey’s government, a prosecutor said.

Zarrab is the U.S. government’s star witness in the prosecution of Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a deputy chief executive officer at state-run Turkiye Halk Bankasi AS, who is accused of conspiring with Zarrab to launder money and funnel Iranian funds through the U.S. financial system. Zarrab, who has pleaded guilty after being charged with Atilla, is likely to take the witness stand on Wednesday.