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Currency smugglers

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Object:Currency smugglers
Description:A group of men dressed in long coats are walking down a street. Most are hiding their faces with their hats. To the left, a man with a briefcase and bowler hat looks towards the photographer. In the background, an old two-storey wooden house is silhouetted against Hagia Sophia.
Comment:The photograph was taken in the context of a report on a lawsuit printed in Cumhuriyet with the title, ‘Currency smugglers’. Sixteen persons were summoned to court, among them Salomon Elyazar, Mordohay, Edvart, Nesim, Ilya Zaharya, Rafail, Davit, Samoil, Muiz, Lui, and Muiz and Hanriyi, the sons of a certain Avram Avramoviç. Salamon Elyazar, İlya Zaharya, Rafail and Hanri were finally sentenced to prison. Avram Avramoviç, based in Paris, was discovered to be smuggling foreign currency via an account with an Italian bank in Egypt run by two men by the names of Uzeyr und Trekoviç.
Location:Istanbul, Sultanahmet
Country:Turkey (contemporary)
Turkey (historical)
Type:Photographic negative
Creator:Görgüç, Namık or Giz, Selahattin
Keywords:670 Law
450 Finance > 453 Banking
200 Communication > 201 Gestures and Signs
Bibliography:Döviz kaçakçıları. Cumhuriyet, 16 March 1934, 1.
Copyright:Yapı Kredi bank
Archive:Yapı Kredi tarih arşivi, Istanbul (Collection Selahattin Giz), Inv. No.: 3/0233B
Editor:Joël László