Judge examines role of Giuliani, US official in Iran case

A judge says he'll look into what roles ex-New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and a former U.S. attorney general have in the defense of a Turkish businessman.

Published: 29th March 2017 01:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th March 2017 01:40 AM   |  A+A-

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, center, smiles as he leaves Trump Tower, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in New York. | AP

By Associated Press

NEW YORK: A judge says he'll look into what roles ex-New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and a former U.S. attorney general have in the defense of a Turkish businessman charged with helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions.

Manhattan federal Judge Richard Berman issued an order Tuesday asking lawyers to explain how the roles of Giuliani and former Attorney General Michael Mukasey might differ from those of other defense attorneys.

Prosecutors have urged Berman to ensure there are no conflicts of interest if Giuliani and Mukasey join the defense of Reza Zarrab, who has pleaded not guilty.

He was arrested in Miami in March 2016.

Prosecutors say law firms employing Giuliani and Mukasey have represented bank victims in the case. They also say Giuliani and Mukasey are involved in efforts to resolve the charges.

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