We previously reported that Mehmet Hakan Atilla, an executive at Turkey’s majority state-owned Halkbank, had been found guilty in a New York Court of conspiracy to violate US sanctions against Iran.
Yesterday, the judge in the trial – US District Judge Richard Berman – dismissed Mr. Atilla’s motion for judgment of acquittal under Fed. R. Crim. P. 29(a) (that motion was made at the close of the US Government’s case, however, the court had informed the parties of its intention to elect not to resolve the motion until the close of all the evidence). In dismissing the motion, the judge held that the evidence presented against Mr. Atilla had been “clearly sufficient” to support the jury’s verdict.
Mr. Atilla is scheduled to be sentenced on 11 April 2018.