This file photo taken on December 17, 2013 shows detained Azerbaijani businessman Reza Zarrab (C) surrounded by journalists as he arrives at a police center in Istanbul. / AFP / OZAN KOSE
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Reza Zarrab, soft-spoken and wearing tan scrubs, testified through a Turkish translator that he helped Iran evade U.S. sanctions that made it impossible for Iran to use the international banking system to process oil revenues. Zarrab, 34, identified his one-time co-defendant -- Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla -- as part of the conspiracy.Zarrab said he pleaded guilty last month to seven charges, including conspiracy, violating U.S. sanctions, bank fraud, money laundering and paying a bribe to a prison guard to get alcohol and the use of a cellphone.He acknowledged under questioning from Assistant U.S. Attorney Sidhardha Kamaraju that he first hired lawyers earlier this year to try to arrange a prisoner swap, saying he did so "within the legal limits, of course". Prosecutors say Zarrab and Atilla laundered Iranian oil money in violation of U.S. economic sanctions against Iran in a conspiracy that involved bribes and kickbacks to high-level officials.A lawyer for Atilla attacked Zarrab's credibility Tuesday during opening statements, saying the trial is about Zarrab's crimes.
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