The Talk of Turkey? A Politically Charged Trial in New York

Turkish officials are watching closing as the U.S. prepares to try two prominent Turks accused of helping their country violate the embargo against Iran.
State-run TRT has cut the live broadcast as CHP Leader Kılıçdaroğlu started to bring documents concerning President Erdoğan’s family and acquaintances transferring money abroad into the open.
The trader, who was arrested in 2016, is cooperating with American investigators, a prosecutor said at the trial of a co-defendant in a New York federal case that has already strained relations between the United States and Turkey.
Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab on Nov. 28 pleaded guilty of evading U.S. sanctions on Iran, Doğan News Agency has reported citing the prosecutor in the case.
In the wake of CHP Leader Kılıçdaroğlu revealing the documents concerning Erdoğan’s family members transferring 15 million dollars to the Isle of Man, initial reactions have come from AKP group deputy chairs Bostancı and Turan.
Ahmet Özel, a lawyer for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has said documents publicized on Nov. 28 by main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on off-shore accounts linked to Erdoğan are “fake,” describing the allegations as “lies.”

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