CRIME

New charge against Turkish businessman in US sanctions case

Prosecutors have added new allegations against a well-known Turkish businessman facing trial in the United States.

Prosecutors announced Monday that Mohammad Zarrab is charged with conducting financial transactions for an Iranian airline — Mahan Air — sanctioned for supporting terrorist groups.

The 33-year-old Zarrab has pleaded not guilty to charges he helped Iran evade U.S. sanctions. He was arrested in Miami in March. His lawyer did not immediately comment on the new allegation.

Zarrab, who is held without bail, is scheduled to go on trial in January.

Zarrab was already charged with conspiring to process hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of financial transactions for Iranian businesses or Iran's government.

Zarrab is a well-known personality in Turkey partly because he's married to Turkish pop star and TV personality Ebru Gundes.