Turkey says U.S. conviction of banker 'unjust and unfortunate'

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Posted: Jan 04, 2018 2:52 AM

ANKARA (Reuters) - A U.S. jury's decision to find a Turkish banker guilty of helping Iran evade sanctions was "unjust and unfortunate", Turkey said on Thursday, adding the decision amounted to interference in Ankara's internal affairs.

Mehmet Hakan Atilla, an executive at Turkey's majority state-owned Halkbank, was convicted on five of six counts he faced, including bank fraud and conspiracy to violate U.S. sanctions law, in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday.

In a statement, Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs also said the case was based on fake evidence open to political exploitation.

(Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz; Writing by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by David Dolan)