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NEW YORK - A Turkish-Iranian gold trader testifying at the trial of a Turkish bank executive in a New York federal court said Monday that he paid bribes to secure his release from jail in Turkey in 2013 after he was arrested there in a corruption investigation.
The trader, Reza Zarrab, has not testified as to who received the bribes. He has pleaded guilty to charges that he schemed to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions. Zarrab is testifying for US prosecutors against Mehmet Hakan Atilla, an executive at Turkey's state-owned Halkbank facing related charges. Atilla has pleaded not guilty.
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