U.S. Convicts Turkish Banker of Violating Iran Sanctions

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Turkish banker was found guilty by a U.S. jury on five counts relating to an Iran sanctions-dodging scheme that involved the highest levels of the Turkish government.

Mehmet Hakan Atilla, 47, was convicted  of bank fraud and four counts of conspiracy. He faces up to 105 years in federal prison.

But Atilla, a deputy general manager at Turkey’s state-owned Halkbank, was a side player in an international drama unfolding between the United States and Turkey that began with the arrest of Atilla’s former co-defendant. Reza Zarrab, a Turkish gold trader, was jailed in March 2016 while visiting the U.S. on suspicion of orchestrating an scheme to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions.

Read the original article here: thedailybeast.com

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