Nonresident Senior Fellow Howard Eissenstat Quoted in Al Monitor

On November 1, a tweet by POMED Nonresident Senior Fellow Howard Eissenstat was quoted by Amberin Zaman regarding the trial of Turkish-Iranian Reza Zarrab, who was charged with violating U.S. sanction on Iran.

Scapegoating Kavala and others who move in Western circles may stem from the government’s desire to cover potentially damning evidence from Reza Zarrab, the Turkish-Iranian gold trader who is expected to appear in a New York court later this month on charges of busting US government sanctions on Iran. Zarrab, who has boasted of his connections to Erdogan and high-ranking members of his Justice and Development Party, may plead guilty, according to The New York Times. “Biggest news on Turkey today … Signs that Zarrab could sing,” tweeted Howard Eissenstat, a New York-based academic who writes extensively about Turkey. Erdogan has been pressing for Zarrab’s extradition.

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