|Why Reza Zarrab Matters?
Last month the arrest of Turkish-Iranian Businessman in US turned Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara into a social media celebrity (Refer to the Link below to watch the comment of U.S. Attorney). Thousands of Turkish people started following him following the arrest. Why does the arrest of Reza Zarrab matter to Turks?
In December 2013, Turkish polices and prosecutors arrested Reza Zarrab, children of three cabinet members and head of Halk Bank. The evidence found were their phone conversations prior to the arrest, millions of dollars stored in shoo boxes, and money counting machines in their homes. In response to that, instead of letting the course process go deeper, Erdogan have purged thousands of judges, prosecutors and police officers, with some losing their jobs and others facing trial for allegedly seeking to overthrow the government, and released the arrested Zarrab and the other individuals. Finally, the Case were dropped.
The absence of free media and free judges and prosecutors makes unlikely any prospect that the U.S. case against Mr. Zarrab will spark a new Turkish investigation into corruption allegations targeting Mr. Erdogan’s inner circle. However, the arrest of Zarrab in US created an opportunity, at least, to disclose what has been hidden from the public in Turkey.
On April 27, 2016, the prosecutors alleged Turkish-Iranian gold trader Zarrab and others helped entities with evading U.S. sanction against Iran