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Turkey detains 17 for ‘providing US with information’ for Zarrab case by Turkey Purge | Dec 7 2017 | Today in Crackdown
A Turkish-Iranian gold trader testifying for US prosecutors in a criminal trial involving sanctions against Iran said on Thursday that he was removed from a NY federal jail after another inmate threatened to kill him for cooperating with authorities.
Turkish authorities have detained 17 people linked to Zarrab in an investigation launched after he cooperated with US authorities and agreed to testify in the case.
The accusations have surfaced as Zarrab testifies before a federal court in Manhattan on his role in a lucrative regional trade circuit, that saw Iran inject billions of euros of hydrocarbon revenues into the global banking sector via Turkey's Halkbank public banking institution - circumventing United States sanctions prohibiting trade with Tehran.
Asked if the suit was prompted by anyone seeking to embarrass or discredit Zarrab, Shacht said, "This has nothing to do with Turkey". Zarrab said he used the guard's phone to speak with his wife, daughter and lawyer.
Zarrab testified on Tuesday under cross-examination by Atilla's attorney, Cathy Fleming, that he and Atilla did not like each other.
The U.S. Bureau of Prisons could not immediately be reached for comment. He has pleaded not guilty.
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Among the accusations raised against them are "partly or fully destroying the documents related to the security of the state and its domestic and foreign interests; destroying or forging them; or using them in unrelated areas; illegally obtaining or stealing them", Hurriyet said. Under questioning by Fleming, Zarrab said he attended meetings with Atilla a "handful" of times during that period. He said he had a "close relationship" with Suleyman Aslan, who was Halkbank's general manager and Atilla's superior until 2013.
US authorities arrested Zarrab in March 2016 when he entered the United States with his wife, daughter and four other people for a trip to Disney World.
Zarrab said that the man acknowledged coming after him because he had flipped to the US government.
On Thursday, Zarrab said that Turkish prosecutors' counteroffensive against him has claimed collateral damage for 18 people whom the Turkish government slapped with espionage charges.
After Zarrab stepped down from the witness stand, prosecutors called a series of current and former USA law enforcement officers. He said prosecutors told him he would not be charged for those crimes because they were outside USA jurisdiction.
Media reported on Dec 6 that Turkish police has detained at least 17 people including Zarrab's three employees who allegedly sent documents to the U.S. for the businessman's case in NY.
"Turkey has no plans against the United States, but it is clear that the USA has plans against us", Erdogan said.
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