As juror sleeps, prosecution plods along at sanctions trial

AP News
Posted: Dec 01, 2017 4:03 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A wealthy Turkish-Iranian businessman who was arrested on his way to Disney World says he helped Iran move a billion dollars through foreign banks despite U.S. economic sanctions.

Federal Judge Richard Berman announced after sending jurors home Friday that one juror would be trimmed from the panel for sleeping through testimony in the New York courtroom.

The pace of testimony has been slowed as Reza Zarrab speaks through a Turkish translator and is sometimes questioned about telephone calls in the Turkish language that are played for the Manhattan jury.

Zarrab pleaded guilty and is cooperating to aid the prosecution of Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a Halkbank executive.