The timing of the charges against Turkey’s state-run bank brings the unilateral US sanctions regime under spotlight.
Halkbank, Turkey’s second-largest state bank, said it did not engage in sanctions violations as alleged and falls outside of the US Justice Department’s jurisdiction since it has no branches or employees in the US.
The former deputy director-general at state-lender Halkbank was sentenced to 32 months in prison for violating US sanctions on Iran. Ankara has repeatedly criticised his conviction, calling it "politically motivated."
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the court, not politicians, will decide the fate of detained American pastor Andrew Brunson who faces terrorism charges.
The Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a pro-zionist think tank, recently hosted an event where a terror suspect who escaped trial in Turkey was praised.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announces retaliatory measures against the United States after Washington imposed sanctions on two Turkish ministers over the detention of a US pastor.
A US judge sentenced Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a Turkish banker at Turkey’s Halkbank, to 32 months in prison on Wednesday after he was found guilty of taking part in a scheme to help Iran evade US sanctions.
Prosecutors demanded a sentence of more than 15 years after a New York jury had found former Halkbank executive Hakan Atilla guilty of helping Iran evade US sanctions, that followed a nearly four-week trial, in January this year.
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.
The case against Mehmet Hakan Atilla, the former deputy chief executive officer of Turkey’s Halkbank, has driven a wedge between Washington and Ankara.
US prosecutors called on a New York jury to find former Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla guilty of helping Iran to evade US sanctions. Atilla's attorneys urged the jury to carefully examine the evidence which would prove Atilla to be innocent.
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