U.S. Seeks 20-Year Prison Term for Turkish Banker in Sanctions Case

U.S. Seeks 20-Year Prison Term for Turkish Banker in Sanctions Case Photo The deputy general manager for international banking at the Turkish state bank Halkbank was convicted in January at a trial that depicted high-level corruption in Turkey. Credit Sedat Suna/European Pressphoto Agency United States prosecutors asked a judge in Manhattan on Wednesday to sentence a Turkish banker to about 20 years in prison for his conviction in January in a broad scheme to evade American sanctions against Iran.
The defendant, Mehmet Hakan Atilla, 47, the deputy general manager for international banking at Halkbank, a Turkish state bank, was convicted in January at a trial that depicted high-level corruption in Turkey and increased tensions between the Turkish government and the United States.
The government’s star witness, Reza Zarrab, a Turkish-Iranian gold trader, suggested in his testimony that Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan personally approved the sanctions-evasion scheme in 2012, when..