States against a leading gold trader and a top Turkish banking executive
has sparked anger and anxiety in Ankara, with both US-Turkey ties and
the economy at risk of damage. Turkish officials have condemned as a “plot” the charges against Turkish-Iranian gold mogul Reza Zarrab and Mehmet Hakan Atilla, the deputy chief executive of Turkish lender Halkbank, of violating US sanctions against Iran.
media reports have suggested in recent days that Zarrab may be seeking a
plea bargain in the case and shown willingness to testify against
was one of the main figures of a 2013 corruption scandal in Turkey that
Erdogan also sees as a bid by Gulen to bring him down.
up in the scandal too were four ministers accused of accepting bribes
from Zarrab, 34, to facilitate sanctions-busting trade and other deals.
who has dismissed the claims as a fabrication, has raised Zarrab’s case
“multiple times” at the highest level under former president Barack Obama and his successor Donald Trump, former US State Department official Amanda Sloat said.
he (Erdogan) is not charged with any crime, corruption revelations
would be embarrassing to him, his family and his inner circle,” Sloat, now a senior fellow at the US-based Brookings Institution, told AFP.
‘Defendants held like hostages’
analysts warned that the sheer intensity of Turkey’s reaction risked
further damaging already brittle relations with the US, a key NATO ally.
reaction to the trial — especially accusations it is an American
conspiracy to bring down the government – could be toxic to Washington’s
perception of Ankara,” Sloat said.
Department spokeswoman, dismissed the accusations that the case was an
American conspiracy, saying Washington had heard “that old same song and
dance from Turkey before”.
Negative impact on economy
Turkish lira has hit record lows against the US dollar in the last
days, partly due to the uncertainty generated by the case.
emerging markets economist at Capital Economics in London, said that if
fines were issued, there could be an effect on credit conditions and
were one bank to be fined, other banks might tighten lending conditions
out of concerns that they could face fines too. That, in turn, is
likely to cause GDP growth to slow,” he told AFP.
Why did Zarrab go to US?
did Zarrab, after facing legal troubles over accusations of busting
sanctions on Iran, choose, of all places, the United States for a family
Zarrab case has the potential to trigger a severe crisis between Ankara
and Washington which could accelerate the erosion of bilateral
relations,” said Anthony Skinner of Verisk Maplecroft, a risk consultancy.
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L. A Prisoners Infect Themselves With Coronavirus To Get Early Release (VIDEO)
A group of silly L.A area prison inmates were very eager to contract the dreaded coronavirus .
They attempted this because they believed that would trigger their ticket out of prison.
According to the L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva who made the startling revelation Monday, said about twenty-four (24) inmates at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic attempted (and somewhat succeeded, apparently) to infect themselves way back in mid-April 2020.
The Sheriff revealed that their department saw an increase in spike in confirmed cases out of nowhere.
He said that when they investigated, they found a high number of inmates living in one block of the prison appeared to be deliberately trying to infect each other with COVID-19 any way they could from behind bars.
When Alex Villanueva played the surveillance footages he and his team combed through carefully , and it showed several inmates hanging out in a common area and passing around what Alex described as a hot cup of water, as well as one face mask they’d each put on all in hopes of getting sympathy from a judge to spring them from the facility and let them go home.
But it turns out, their little ploy worked but, only halfway.
Villanueva reported that 21 of the inmates (out of 50 in the block) caught the ‘Coronavirus.
“What they won’t catch is a break” said the Sheriff.
Watch the Video HERE
COVID-19 LOCKDOWN: 12 Year Old Albino Girl Suffers Eye Problems After Hawking Veggies In Abuja (PHOTOS)
A very sad Facebook post greeted Nigerians from Abuja showing a 12 year old Albino Girl Grace, who started developing sight problems after Hawking Veggies under the scorching sun in Abuja.
The Facebook post stated that the little girl was asked to hawk the veggies by her aunt whom she lives with.
Below are the Screenshots of the Facebook post:
This sad news has sparked an outrage by well meaning individuals who spoke against such cruelty and insensitivity of the said girl’s aunt.
what do you think of this? Drop your comments below.
“Buhari is Made In London” – Reno Omokri Blasts Presidency On Nigerian Made Products
The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced.
The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced. Many Nigerians have tagged it a harsh move that is insensitive and inhumane but moreso, Reno Omokri has singled out signals of hypocrisy in the President of Nigeria by outlining certain traits of family moves of the President that shows that he(Buhari) as the No.1 citizen has no regards for anything made in Nigeria but yet wants other Nigerians to embrace Nigerian made goods.
Reno Omokri ‘s tweet reads:
His kids schooled in England. His wife just returned from a 3 month UK stay. His daughter gave birth to his grandchild in Spain (made in Spain), yet
, who is London, wants us to patronise made in Nigeria!