Deliberations resume at US trial of Turkish banker

Deliberations resume at US trial of Turkish banker

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York jury is again deliberating the fate of a Turkish banker on charges that he helped Iran evade U.S. sanctions.

Jurors are in their third day of discussions in the trial of Halkbank executive Mehmet Hakan Atilla in Manhattan federal court. They had asked to deliberate a full day on Friday, but the judge said they will break at 3:30 p.m.

Prosecutors say 47-year-old Atilla was the architect of a conspiracy that enabled Iran to begin evading U.S. economic sanctions in 2011. Atilla's lawyer says the executive was a civil servant at the state-owned bank, one of Turkey's largest.

Turkey officials, including its president, have criticized the prosecution.

Jurors so far requested evidence and read-backs of testimony.

Updated : 2021-04-14 10:06 GMT+08:00