Jan 22 2018

“Bribed” former Minister greeted enthusiastically at palace event

(Edited on 22.01 to correct the location of the event)

Zafer Çağlayan, the Turkish former economy minister who allegedly accepted massive bribes as part of a sanction-busting scheme, has made a public appearance at the Presidential Palace in Ankara and been greeted enthusiastically by attendees.

The Turkish Halkbank and one of its executives, Hakan Atilla, were found guilty of breaking U.S. sanctions on Iran this January. During the case, the Turkish-Iranian gold trader Reza Zarrab testified that Çağlayan had accepted $40-50 million in bribes as part of the scheme.

Çağlayan attended an event at the cultural centre in the palace on Monday. He was warmly greeted by the chairman of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey and the Ankara Chamber of Industry at the event.