In the clip, allegedly recorded on April 6 last year, Zarrab is heard telling a certain Abdullah Happani — thought to be in charge of Zarrab’s money dealings — that Çağlayan had told Zarrab that he had received 10 million euros less than the figure recorded on thethe Excel document on which the names of those paid by Zarrab are listed.
According to the clip, Happani is very surprised by Çağlayan’s claim and makes it clear that he is confident that there was nomistake in the payments allegedly made to Çağlayan. “It is not possible that the money we gave does not correspond [to our records],” Happani is heard saying.
Zarrab, however, believes it is possible that a mistake may have been made in the records and insists that Happani should check allthe records again. “We may have given it to Süleyman [possibly a reference to Süleyman Aslan, former general manager of the publicHalkbank, who was also arrested as part of the corruption probe], and we might have recorded it as having been placed in his [Çağlayan’s] account,” Sarraf is heard saying.
In the recording, which was leaked by a Twitter user called “Haramzadeler333,” Zarrab also tells Happani that Çağlayan could not have checked whether he was given the right amount of money based a document he had, because Çağlayan had told him(Zarrab) that he (Çağlayan) had already disposed of all documents related to the receipt of money. In the end, Zarrab and Happaniagree to go over their own records to see if there were any mistakes.
In the summary of the proceedings sent by prosecutors in charge of the graft investigation, Çağlayan allegedly accepted a total of $52 million in bribes on 28 different occasions from Zarrab. Çağlayan is also said to have accepted a watch worth 300,000 Swiss francs (TL 700,000) as a bribe from Zarrab, and to have used Zarrab’s private jet, together with his family, to fly to Saudia Arabia to perform Umrah (pilgrimage to Mecca) last year.