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New York Times – Benjamin Weiser – Jan 3, 11:10 AM

A Turkish banker was convicted on Wednesday of taking part in a billion-dollar scheme to violate American sanctions against Iran, in a case that painted a picture of high-level corruption in Turkey and heightened tensions between the United States

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released a statement about the Hakan Atilla case concluded in the US. The ministry qualified the verdict as “an unfair and unfortunate development”.
Ankara hits out after a Turkish banker is found guilty over a scheme to help Iran evade US sanctions.
A U.S. court’s verdict finding Turkish banker Hakan Atilla guilty of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions is a “scandalous decision of a scandalous case,” Turkish presidential spokesperson İbrahim Kalın said Jan. 4.
Turkey’s Halkbank said on Jan. 4 that it has not been party to U.S. case of Turkish banker Hakan Atilla nor is there administrative or financial decision taken against bank by court.
The Foreign Ministry stated on Jan. 4 that the U.S. court verdict sentencing Turkish banker Hakan Atilla is “unjust and unfortunate.”
Former Halkbank Deputy General Director Atilla has been found guilty of five counts of six charges. Atilla was acquitted of money laundering.
The Atlantic – Jonathan Schanzer – Jan 4, 8:29 AM

Yesterday, Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla was found guilty in a Manhattan courtroom for a range of financial crimes. His dramatic trial revealed that tens of billions in dollars and gold moved from Turkey to Iran through a complex network of

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