Nov 17 2017

Zarrab “out of jail and speaking to prosecutors” - U.S. news network

Iranian-Turkish gold trader Reza Zarrab is “now out of jail and speaking to prosecutors”, according to two sources reached by U.S. news network NBC.

While Turkish media outlets have largely focussed on the potential for Zarrab to testify against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his family, the network’s legal analyst said that Zarrab could be used as a witness in the case against President Donald Trump’s former national security advisor Michael Flynn.

If Flynn had agreed with Turkish authorities to take payments in order to get Zarrab’s case dropped, as some suspect, Zarrab revealing how Flynn planned to undermine the rule of law could send shockwaves across both sides of the Atlantic.

Zarrab faces charges for undermining U.S. sanctions on Iran to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars.

He was arrested in March 2016 while going on holiday to Disney World, Florida.

The Turkish government has become increasingly interested in the case as evidence that Zarrab has made a plea deal continues to mount.

Yesterday, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu revealed that Turkey had sent the United States two diplomatic notes asking Zarrab’s whereabouts over the last week.

They were assured that he was still “in federal custody” despite the Federal Bureau of Prisons database saying that he had been released.