Nov 25 2017

Zarrab’s wife moves out of Bosphorus villa: paper

Ebru Gündeş, the popstar wife of Iranian-Turkish businessman Reza Zarrab, has moved out of the couple's Bosphorus villa in Istanbul, Habertürk reported.

Gündeş is moving for security reasons, the newspaper said, without citing anyone. Household employees were seen clearing balconies at the house and shuttering windows, it said.

Zarrab, arrested in Miami last year and accused of laundering hundreds of millions of dollars through the U.S. banking system to circumvent sanctions on Iran, is in federal custody ahead of a trial beginning in New York on Dec. 4. 

The businessman was released from a Manhattan lockup earlier this month, raising speculation he had turned state witness and would testify against fellow defendant Mehmet Hakan Atilla, an employees of state-run Halkbank, and implicate other Turkish officials.

Gündeş has asked Zarrab for a divorce, the Turkish press reported last year.