Zarrab was not the only Iranian ringleader to exploit Turkey’s permissive jurisdiction

Reza Zarrab, a key witness in a sanctions-evasion case, in December 2013. (Getty) By Aykan Erdemir November 4, 2020 Reza Zarrab, the Turkey-based ringleader of Iran’s sanctions-evasion network who laundered over $20 billion in the biggest sanctions-evasion scheme in recent history, continues to make headlines. A series of deeply researched exposés published in September by a [...]

By |November 4th, 2020|Turkey|

Turkey-based Iranian dissident says Iran sentenced her to prison for protesting in 2019

Iranian protesters gather during a demonstration against an increase in gasoline prices in Tehran, on November 16, 2019. (AFP) November 03, 2020 An Iranian dissident living in Turkey says an Iranian court has handed her a one-year prison term for joining anti-government protests in Iran last year, when she says authorities detained and [...]

By |November 3rd, 2020|Turkey, Women|

Iranian Arab opposition group says Iran abducted former leader in Turkey

Undated photo of former ASMLA leader Habib Chaab. (Twitter) October 31, 2020 An Iranian Arab opposition group accused on Friday the Iranian regime of abducting one of its former leaders in Turkey. The Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz (ASMLA), an Iranian-Arab separatist group, said in a statement that Iranian intelligence [...]

By |October 31st, 2020|Minorities, Turkey|

Despite financial restrictions, Iranians are investing in Turkish real estate

Bay View Golden Horn and the Marmara Sea, Istanbul, Turkey. (RFE-RL) October 12, 2020 Iranians are rushing to buy real estate in Turkey to transfer their funds outside the country in light of sharp decline of the local currency. They are transferring their money for better opportunities, taking advantage of the new Turkish [...]

By |October 12th, 2020|Turkey|

Turkish public lender fails again to scuttle Iran sanctions evasion case

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a gathering of local leaders in Ankara, Turkey, Dec. 1, 2016. (AP) By Aykan Erdemir October 08, 2020 A Manhattan federal judge on October 1 refused to dismiss an indictment accusing Halkbank, a public lender majority-owned by the Turkish government, of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions. In the event of [...]

By |October 8th, 2020|North America, Turkey, USA|

Turkey’s TRT World chief was suspect in police probe into Iran’s IRGC network

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). (AP) October 8, 2020 The director of a Turkish state-run English-language news channel was named and investigated by police as a suspect in a 2013 probe into an Iranian paramilitary network in Turkey, reported the Nordic Monitor on Monday, citing secret court and police documents. According to [...]

By |October 8th, 2020|Turkey|

Turkey’s Halkbank must face U.S. indictment over Iran sanctions violations, judge rules

New York Federal Court at 650 5th Avenue in New York, May 30, 2017. (AP) October 2, 2020 A U.S. judge on Thursday refused to dismiss an indictment accusing state-owned Turkish lender Halkbank HALKB.IS of helping Iran evade American sanctions. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan rejected Halkbank’s claim that the Foreign [...]

By |October 2nd, 2020|Turkey|

Turkey, Iran deploy ‘game-changing’ drones in north Iraq

At least 17 people were killed in an attack by IRGC that targeted Iranian Kurdish separatists, September 12, 2018. (EPA) October 2, 2020 Turkey and Iran are increasingly adopting "game-changing" drones as their weapon of choice against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, prompting fears for the safety of civilians and stoking geopolitical tensions. [...]

By |October 2nd, 2020|Iraq, Turkey|

Iranian refugees in Turkey fear arbitrary deportations, possible surveillance

Maryam Shariatmadari was one of the “Girls of Enghelab [revolution] Street” who participated in protests against Iran’s compulsory hijab in 2017. (VOA) By Ezel Sahinkaya and Mehdi Jedinia September 29, 2020 The overnight arrest of an outspoken Iranian women’s rights activist by Turkish authorities earlier this month has sparked concerns about the precarious lives of Iranian [...]

By |September 29th, 2020|Turkey|

Turkey’s Halkbank urges dismissal of Iran sanctions criminal case in U.S.

A view shows the logo of Halkbank at its headquarters in Atasehir, in the Asian part of Istanbul December 17, 2013. (Reuters) September 18, 2020 Halkbank on Friday urged a judge to dismiss a U.S. indictment accusing the state-owned Turkish lender of helping Iran evade American sanctions, even as it seeks the judge’s [...]

By |September 18th, 2020|North America, Turkey, USA|