04 Jan 2018
After more than three weeks of testimony and four days of deliberation, a New York jury convicted a Turkish banker charged in a U.S. sanctions-busting casethat strained relations between the two countries.
Hakan Atilla, 47, the deputy general manager of Halkbank, was found guilty of five counts of conspiracy and bank fraud but acquitted of money laundering. The verdict is likely to bring sharp rebukes from the government of Turkish President Recep Erdogan, who was implicated during the closely watched trial.
Atilla, who was arrested on a business trip to New York in March, was charged with creating a system to secretly move Iranian money through American banks in violations of U.S. sanctions.
“Foreign banks and bankers have a choice: You can choose willfully to help Iran and other sanctioned nations evade U.S. law, or you can choose to be part of the international banking community transacting in U.S. dollars.”
– By Tracey Connor, NBC News
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