Turkish Banker Gets Short Prison Term For Sanctions Busting

Law360, New York (May 16, 2018, 3:11 PM EDT) -- Manhattan U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman on Wednesday sentenced a Turkish banker to 32 months in prison for helping Iran undermine U.S. sanctions, rejecting prosecutors' assertion that the Halkbank executive was a key player who deserved at least 15 years.

Mehmet Hakan Atilla, who has been in custody since his March 2017 arrest at John F. Kennedy International Airport, was convicted by a jury on Jan. 3 on four counts of conspiracy and a count of bank fraud after a lengthy and high-profile trial that featured the testimony of famed Turkish-Iranian cooperator Reza Zarrab.

Prosecutors said Atilla deserved at least...

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