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Turkish business tycoon Rıza Sarraf (Reza Zarrab)—who has bribed Turkish ministers with millions of dollars, who was engaged in billions of dollars worth smuggling, and who enjoyed the backing of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan—has been arrested in the US.

Sarraf is arrested on charges of violating the sanctions on Iran, committing banking fraud, and robbing the US, according to Cumhuriyet daily newspaper of Turkey.

Rıza Sarraf was arrested in Turkey in December 2013, within the framework of a large bribery scandal.

But the judges and prosecutors, whom Erdoğan had replaced, did everything so that those arrested along the lines of this scandal be released.

As a result, all these arrestees—including Sarraf—were released in February 2014.

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