January 24, 2018 / 7:37 AM / 9 months ago

Turkey's Halkbank working with U.S. Treasury, Justice Department after Iran case: Simsek on Bloomberg HT

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish lender Halkbank is working closely with the U.S. Treasury and Justice Department, Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek said on Wednesday, after a U.S. jury found one of its executives guilty in an Iran sanctions-busting trial.

FILE PHOTO: A street vendor sells roasted chestnuts in front of a branch of Halkbank in central Istanbul, Turkey, January 10, 2018. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Simsek made the comment in an interview with broadcaster Bloomberg HT.

A U.S. jury found Halkbank executive Mehmet Hakan Atilla guilty of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions, convicting him on five counts, including bank fraud and conspiracy this month, in a case which have strained ties between Ankara and Washington.

Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun; Editing by David Dolan

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