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Zarrab Takes Jury on Trip Through a Sanctions-Evasion Plot

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Reza Zarrab
Reza Zarrab

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A New York jury got the first glimpse of the intricacies Iran allegedly used to get around U.S. sanctions as gold trader Reza Zarrab detailed a years-long plot involving tens of millions of dollars in bribes that reached the upper echelons of the Turkish government.

Zarrab appeared in a U.S. court for the first time in months to testify against a man accused of being his accomplice in the sanctions-evasion plot. It was a dramatic turn in a case that has dragged on since his arrest in Miami in March 2016. For more than a year, Zarrab sat through pre-trial hearings at the defense table. Then, after all attempts to extract himself from the case had failed, he vanished.