May 16, 2018 / 8:16 PM / in 4 days

Turkey says U.S. ruling on Turkish banker illegitimate, not credible

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey said on Wednesday a U.S. court’s sentencing of Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a banker at the Turkish state-controlled Halkbank (HALKB.IS), to 32 months in prison was not legitimate or credible due to what it said were fake evidence and incorrect statements during the trial.

A U.S. judge sentenced Atilla on Wednesday after he was convicted earlier this year of taking part in a scheme to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions, in a case that has strained ties between Washington and Ankara.

    In a statement, Turkey’s foreign ministry accused the U.S. court of taking false evidence and statements fabricated by supporters of Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of orchestrating a failed coup in 2016, and said Atilla had been sentenced despite being innocent.

    Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Gareth Jones

    0 : 0
    • narrow-browser-and-phone
    • medium-browser-and-portrait-tablet
    • landscape-tablet
    • medium-wide-browser
    • wide-browser-and-larger
    • medium-browser-and-landscape-tablet
    • medium-wide-browser-and-larger
    • above-phone
    • portrait-tablet-and-above
    • above-portrait-tablet
    • landscape-tablet-and-above
    • landscape-tablet-and-medium-wide-browser
    • portrait-tablet-and-below
    • landscape-tablet-and-below