Turkish Banker Knew Of US Concern Over Iran Ties, Jury Told

By Pete Brush (December 8, 2017, 4:52 PM EST) -- A former Obama administration official responsible for financial security told a Manhattan jury Friday that Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a Turkish banker facing charges of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions, attended many meetings where growing concerns in Washington over his bank's work with Tehran were aired.

The testimony of former Undersecretary of the Treasury David S. Cohen at Atilla's trial before U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman was designed to place Atilla at the center of what prosecutors call a carefully coordinated effort to help Iran access billions of dollars of oil profits that had been encumbered by a U.S. economic blockade....

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