Graft scandal figure Zarrab rewarded for export performance

The Iranian Turkish businessman who was briefly arrested after the Dec. 17, 2013 corruption and bribery operation was crowned for the high export performance of his company Volgam Gida on Sunday.
In the 22nd general assembly meeting of the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TiM), which was attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan along with several cabinet ministers, Reza Zarrab, the chairman of Volgam Gida, was given the and”export championand” award in the jewelry sector.
Zarrab was the prime suspect in a corruption and bribery scandal involving the government that went public on Dec. 17, 2013. He was accused of being the ringleader of a money laundering and gold smuggling ring in Turkey that circumnavigated sanctions against Iran. The businessman was among 21 people — including the sons of three former ministers, a district mayor and other high-profile figures — who were arrested in simultaneous police raids that took place on Dec. 17.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman