Zarrab Denies Iranian 'Jihad' Motive At Turkish Banker's Trial

Law360, New York (December 7, 2017, 4:15 PM EST) -- Turkish-Iranian trader Reza Zarrab on Thursday denied being sympathetic to Iran’s “economic jihad” despite his letter to then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad complaining of U.S. “world-devouring Imperialism,” as counsel for a Turkish banker on trial for allegedly helping Iran duck sanctions peppered him with tough questions.

Zarrab, who was charged alongside defendant Mehmet Hakan Atilla before deciding to plead guilty and cooperate with U.S. prosecutors, did not deny the existence of the 2011 letter to the Iranian president, but he told the jury during a seventh and final...
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