Reza Zarrab shown as released by U.S. federal prison system
The United States Federal Bureau of Prisons has updated Reza Zarrab’s inmate profile to show him as “released”.
There has been much speculation that Zarrab, a Turkish-Iranian gold trader charged with undermining U.S. sanctions on Iran, may have made a plea deal in exchange for implicating bigger players, possibly including senior Turkish political figures.
Reza Zarrab, the Iranian-Turkish gold trader due to go on trial in New York in November accused of shipping bullion to Iran in return for sanctions-busting oil.
Zarrab was arrested in Miami in March 2016 as he arrived for a holiday with his family and charged with four counts, including money laundering and running an alleged racket to help Iran bypass U.S. sanctions imposed over its nuclear programme. According to U.S. prosecutors, the scheme involved ministers of the government of then prime minister and now President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
However, the bureau's website showed a similar situation in September, and it turned out to be an administrative error.
Reza Zarrab's lawyer Benjamin Brafman declined to comment in an emailed response to Ahval's questions, saying ''no commenting''.
Last time Zarrab's inmate profile also appeared "released" on early September. At that time, Zarrab's lawyers quickly stated that his release on the system is a technical issue and a mistake.