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>> Mehmet Hakan Atilla, an executive at Turkey's majority state owned Halkbank, was convicted of helping Iran evade US sanctions. A jury on Wednesday found him guilty on five of six counts including bank fraud and conspiracy to violate US sanctions law. Prosecutors had accused Atilla of conspiring with gold trader Reza Zarab to help Iran escape sanctions using fake gold and food transactions.
Zarab had testified that the scheme included bribes to Turkish government officials. Turkish President, Tayyip Erdogan, made no comment following the verdict, but a senior government official rejected the decision. Atilla will be sentenced in April.