US charges Turkish Banker in Iran Sanctions Probe

By John Lee.

Reuters reports that US prosecutors have charged an executive at the Turkish state-owned Halkbank in relation to alleged violations of US sanctions against Iran.

Mehmet Hakan Atilla (47) is accused of conspiring with Turkish gold trader Reza Zarrab to use front companies and fake invoices to move hundreds of millions of dollars of illegal transactions through US banks on behalf of the Iranian government and other Iranian entities.

Atilla has reportedly added former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, a confidante of President Donald Trump, to his legal team.

(Source: Reuters)

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