ZARRAB: Yes, my lawyers informed me yesterday that I could wear [civilian] clothes with the permission of the judge.
ZARRAB: Aslan, also Mr. Mehmet Atilla
Q: Can you summarize the purpose of this call?
A: What I had explained on the diagram earlier about bringing money from India — the Indian money over, and we were to transfer that money from Arap Turk Bank.
A: In order to put another bank in the process to conceal the origin of the money.
Q: Was that discussed at the meeting at Halkbank in Oct. 2012?
A: Yes, this was discussed as a method.
Explaining what he meant: "I stated that we talked to Atilla, Mr. Hakan Atilla and there was no problem"
Q: Why did you need to get back to him about it?
A: Because I needed to get approval from Mr. Zafer Caglayan.
A: Recep Tayyip Erdogan
"Levent's boss" = Suleyman Aslan, Zarrab says
"I was fulfilling the int'l money orders given by Iranians, and the request from Iranians was for Halkbank to do this instead. If Halkbank would agree to do this, then I would be completely eliminated."
A: "No, absolutely not."
Prosecutor asks why.
A: "I was already giving bribes to the Turkish minister of the economy."
Essentially, he says, there was no need.
ZARRAB: Yes, it’s related to the Iranian trade.
Judge says no to the art show, for now. Testimony continues.
Defense then objected on relevance grounds.
Testimony has moved on.
ZARRAB: Generally, we were writing on WhatsApp the sensitive subjects, the private subjects and the important subjects.
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Defense objects to translation, says it's a "shareholder" issue.
In response to this questions - "Do you have a problem with the message proposed by Hakan Atilla?" - Zarrab replied: 'No, that is absolutely correct method.'"
Prosecutors wanted to get that message implicating Atilla in there.
Berman jokes to the prosecutor: "When you go to the Turkish bath, you're gonna sweat."
Judge Berman: "I think we should make exhibits available."