Dec 05 2017

Erdoğan received intel on Zarrab, and protected him - opposition leader

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan received an intelligence report in April 2013, eight months before Turkish prosecutors arrested Reza Zarrab, warning that the Turkish-Iranian gold trader's sanction-busting scheme could damage the government, the leader of the main opposition party was quoted by the leftist Evrensel newspaper as saying.

Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said Erdoğan, prime minister at the time, received a three-page report from the national intelligence service that said Zarrab was  evading U.S. sanctions on Iran. He said the report warned that Zarrab’s close relationship with Zafer Çağlayan and Muammer Güler, ministers of economy and interior at the time, could damage the Turkish government if they were revealed.

Kılıçdaroğlu said Erdoğan did not act on the intelligence, but instead protected Zarrab.

Addressing Erdoğan, Kılıçdaroğlu said:

The fraud committed by this crook (Reza Zarrab), the graft he gave to your ministers was reported to you by this country’s most critical institution. And you closed the case. You ignored it. Your government even leaked this information to Zarrab for money. Your government betrayed the Turkish Republic.