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US arrest of scandal-tainted Turkey tycoon enthrals Erdogan critics

Businessman Reza Zarrab (C) is surrounded by journalists as he arrives at a police center in Istanbul on December 17, 2013The surprise arrest in the United States of Turkish-Iranian gold mogul Reza Zarrab stunned Turkey, where Zarrab had been linked to a 2013 corruption scandal that ensnared the government of then premier, now president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Zarrab spent 70 days in custody in Turkey over the scandal that Erdogan denounced as a plot by his arch-foe, the US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen, to bring down his government.

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