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.
Ever since the US imposed sanctions on Iran, several individuals and institutions have violated them, but rarely has Washington taken as aggressive a stance as it has against Turkey.
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.
Reza Zarrab, the US government's key witness in the trial of Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla, once said it's necessary in America to admit to crimes that never occurred to get out of prison, defence lawyers wrote in a letter to the trial judge.
Zarrab has agreed to cooperate with US prosecutors as a witness against Turkish bank executive Mehmet Hakan Atilla, the deputy general manager of Halkbank.
The US case against the Iranian-Turkish businessman Reza Zarrab turned against Mehmet Hakan Atilla, the former deputy CEO of Turkey's Halkbank, after Zarrab pleaded guilty and made an agreement with the New York prosecutor’s office.
US authorities have arrested Turkish businessman Reza Zarrab and a banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla on charges of conspiring to evade US sanctions against Iran.
President Erdogan says US case against Reza Zarrab, an Iranian-born Turkish businessman, is same as December 17-25 judicial coup attempt carried out by Fetullah Gulen Terror Organisation against Turkey.
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