Turkish Public Prosecutor Celal Kara, one of several prosecutors overseeing a high-profile graft probe that went public on 17th December, 2013, has alleged that the then-Prime Minister and current President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was the person behind the scenes who knew and approved of a chain of corrupt dealings between several ministers and an Iranian businessman who was a prime suspect in the investigation.
Fifty-three suspects, including bureaucrats, prominent businessmen and the sons of three ministers, were detained in the Dec. 17 operation in 2013. Central to the investigation was Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab, who was involved in a money laundering scheme as part of a strategy to bypass US-led sanctions on Iran.
Zarrab was accused of managing a network used to launder at least 87 billion euros to circumvent international sanctions against Iran. In addition, he allegedly bribed ministers, their sons and public officials to keep his network working. According to prosecutors’ findings, Zarrab distributed TL 139 million in bribes.
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