Nov 21 2017

Zarrab may implicate Erdoğan and his family – Barkey

As the whereabouts of Iranian gold trader Reza Zarrab are still unknown and more signs indicate that he will deal his way out of federal custody, Zarrab’s testimony could name many high-level Turkish officials, former U.S. State Department official and Leigh University professor Henri Barkey was quoted as saying on Foreign Policy.

If Zarrab talks, Barkey said:

He’s going to implicate a lot of people in the Turkish government — maybe Erdogan and his family, maybe his son.

Turkish government is claiming all the charges against Zarrab are false, and the evidence on him, including wiretapped calls where he allegedly suggested to his co-conspirators that Turkey’s then Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan knew about the scheme to evade U.S. sanctions against Iran, is illegally collected.

Meanwhile, Zarrab’s Turkish lawyers are having troubles in reaching him, another indication that he might have agreed for a plea deal, Barkey asserted. Last week, Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent a diplomatic note to the U.S. demanding information about Zarrab, who also holds a Turkish citizenship.

This first trial on the case of Reza Zarrab and other defendants are expected to be held on 4 December.