posted by Christopher Holton
A Turkish banker named Mehmet Hakan Atilla, who was found guilty of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions following a trial that featured accusations of corruption against top Turkish officials, including Turkish dictator Erdogan, asked a federal judge this week to impose a lenient sentence.
Atilla was arrested in New York in March 2017. He was found guilty of conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions law on Jan. 3 after a four-week trial.
Prosecutors charged that beginning around 2012, Atilla took part in a scheme to let Iran spend its oil and gas revenues abroad using fraudulent gold and food transactions through Halkbank.
Atilla is scheduled to be sentenced on April 11.