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.

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