Turkey's economic adviser, Cemil Ertem says the US case against Atilla will not affect Turkish economy, and adds that Turkey doesn't want the issue to turn into a political scuffle.
A US jury has found former Turkish banker Hakan Atilla guilty of helping Iran evade US sanctions, after a nearly four-week trial that has strained diplomatic relations between the United States and Turkey.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan strongly criticises recent US court verdict in Turkish banker case, warning that bilateral legal accords with Washington are losing validity.
Ankara has slammed as meddling in its own affairs a New York court ruling that convicted a Turkish banker in connection with a massive scheme to help Iran evade US sanctions.
The case against Mehmet Hakan Atilla, the former deputy chief executive officer of Turkey’s Halkbank, has driven a wedge between Washington and Ankara.
While the end of the months-old visa crisis is a good sign, the two sides still have some distance to go before relations improve.
The FBI representative was summoned after Huseyin Korkmaz, a fugitive and former Turkish police supervisor, said he received financial help from the bureau. Korkmaz was testifying in the US case against Halkbank executive Mehmet Hakan Atilla.
It took Iranian-Turkish businessman Reza Zarrab seven days to testify against former deputy CEO of Turkish state-run Halkbank Mehmet Hakan Atilla for "breaching US sanctions on Iran."
The case against Mehmet Hakan Atilla increasingly appears to be politically charged when you consider that several similar cases in the US have ended in fines, not criminal proceedings.
The use of illegally obtained evidence, lead by a controversial judge and prosecutor, and targeting individuals rather than entities in a case over violating US sanctions on Iran, have raised the question, “Is it more than just a trial?”
Turkish-Iranian businessman and key US government witness in its case against Halkbank executive Hakan Atilla also said the banker once refused to sign off on a transaction related to a fake sale of food to Iran as he was then unaware of the sham.
The Reza Zarrab drama unfolding in the US has a political angle to it, and could further damage Turkish-American relations.
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