By: Khatereh Noorshid
Reaza Zarab has been arrested in US on allegations that he and another two Iranians involved in Money laundering and fraud , he is also accused of transactions of hundreds millions dollars for the Iranian Government and other companies as part of their scheme to evade sanctions against Iran.
Zarrab a young business man , was arrested in Miami as he was on vacations in Miami with his wife a Turkish singer and their daughter on Saturday, March 19, on charges contained in a federal indictment in Manhattan against him and two Iranian citizens, Kamelia Jamshidy, 29, and Hossein Najafzadeh, 65, U.S. prosecutors said on Monday. Zarrab was presented to court early on Monday, while Jamshidy and Najafzadeh remain at large.
Zarrab, Jamshidy and Najafzadeh are being accused of engaging in hundreds of millions of dollars-worth of transactions on behalf of the government of Iran and other Iranian entities, which were barred by U.S. sanctions, laundering the proceeds of those illegal transactions and defrauding several financial institutions by concealing the true nature of these transactions.
Several companies based in Turkey are also being accused in the indictment of facilitating the transactions.
Now the question outstands is if he know the authorities in USA are looking to arrest him and two others why he decided to travel to Miami?
But the Turkish lawyer of Reza Zarrab, who has been arrested in Florida over Iran-related sanction charges, has said they were not expecting such an arrest and they were unaware of the investigation. Lawyer Şeyda Yılmaz also described all accusations against Zarrab as “defendable.”
Speaking about the shock arrest that came late on March 22 when Zarrab was in the U.S. with his wife and daughter for a family vacation, Yılmaz said all charges in the indictment are “commerce-related and explainable issues, as they relate to the U.S. sanctions on Iran.” Yılmaz added that she and Zarrab were not aware of the investigation before his arrest and a team of lawyers is already in the U.S. to defend him.