- Associated Press - Thursday, December 21, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York jury deliberating the fate of a Turkish banker on charges that he helped Iran evade U.S. sanctions has gone home for a second day without reaching a verdict.

The first full day of deliberations in the trial of Halkbank executive Mehmet Hakan Atilla occurred Thursday in Manhattan federal court.

Jurors requested some evidence, including photographs and a video exhibit, along with read-backs of some testimony. The jury also asked to deliberate for a full day on Friday.

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 humble civil servant at the state-owned bank, one of Turkey’s largest.

Turkey officials, including its president, have criticized the prosecution.


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