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.
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.
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."
Two leaders spoke on the phone, both stressing the strategic partnership of their two countries and joint efforts for regional stability.
Turkey's president has asked the US to "revise the decision" of charging former economy minister Zafer Caglayan who is accused of conspiring to violate Washington's sanctions on Iran.
US prosecutors charged a former Turkish economy minister and a former Halkbank manager with conspiring to evade US sanctions against Iran in a case targeting gold trader Reza Zarrab. Ankara dismisses the case as politically motivated.
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