Turkey targets riches of US witness who named Erdogan in scheme


A day after the star witness in a U.S. sanctions-busting trial implicated Turkey’s president in the scheme, the top prosecutor in Istanbul announced plans to seize the witnesses’ assets.

Reza Zarrab made a fortune by orchestrating the secret movement of Iranian oil money through U.S. banks, according to court papers.

The news of the seizure was first reported by Turkish state-owned media.

Zarrab has a fleet of luxury cars, yachts, and a $10 million art collection. But now authorities in homeland are laying claim to what he and and his pop-star wife own under a charge that he spilled state secrets.

Image: Reza Zarrab

Reza Zarrab