Turkish banker's US trial on a break until next year

Markets Associated Press

A New York jury deliberating the fate of a Turkish banker charged with helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions is off until after the holidays.

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Federal court jurors in Manhattan finished a third day of discussions Friday in the trial of Halkbank executive Mehmet Hakan Atilla. They were told to return Jan. 3.

Prosecutors say 47-year-old Atilla was the architect of a conspiracy that enabled Iran to begin evading U.S. economic sanctions in 2011. Atilla's lawyer says the executive was a civil servant at the state-owned bank, one of Turkey's largest.

Turkey officials, including its president, have criticized the prosecution. Atilla's lawyer says the executive was a humble civil servant at the state-owned bank, one of Turkey's largest.

Jurors so far requested evidence and read-backs of testimony.