Zarrab’s private jet seized at Istanbul airport

A private jet belonging to Iranian-Turkish businessman Reza Zarrab was seized by Turkish authorities at Istanbul airport on Friday.

The $58 million plane, a Challenger 300 owned via Zarrab’s ARE Avivation company, was commandeered by the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office, Turkish media including Hürriyet newspaper reported.

Zarrab has switched to state’s witness from defendant at an Iran sanctions-busting trial in New York. Last week, he claimed President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and several of his former ministers were complicit in a scheme to transfer cash to Iran with fictitious trading in gold and food.

Turkish authorities have ordered the seizure of all of Zarrab’s assets in Turkey, which include businesses and luxury housing.

Zarrab’s yacht, moored in the resort town of Bodrum for the past 18 months, will also be seized in the coming days, Hürriyet reported. The sailboat, worth 7 million euros, was named “60 years” to reflect Zarrab’s love for Turkish popstar and wife Ebru Gündeş.