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The arrest of an Iranian gold trader whom Turkish prosecutors placed at the heart of a Turkish government graft scandal two years ago hit shares in a state-run bank on Tuesday and raised opposition hopes that new light would be shed on a case it said was covered up.
Reza Zarrab, 33, an Iranian-born Turkish citizen, was arrested in Florida by U.S. authorities on Saturday on charges that he and two Iranians conspired to conduct hundreds of millions of dollars in financial transactions through Turkish and Emirati companies which helped Iranian individuals and entities to evade U.S. sanctions.
Zarrab’s lawyer, Seyda Yildirim, said her client’s arrest in Florida had no link to the 2013 Turkish corruption probe, which was later dropped by Turkish prosecutors.
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