Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

US: Turkish man charged with serious national security crime

A federal prosecutor said Monday that politically connected lawyers are using inaccuracies to whitewash charges against a prominent Turkish businessman as they try to get Turkey's president and U.S. officials to resolve the case diplomatically.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Dennis Lockard said Reza Zarrab is charged with a "serious national security offense" despite efforts by former Republican New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey to minimize his involvement in a multiyear conspiracy to allow the government of Iran and other entities to access U.S. financial institutions.

Zarrab has pleaded not guilty to conspiring to process...