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Defense lawyers say a Turkish banker convicted of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions deserves leniency, but prosecutors want him locked up for at least 15 years.
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U.S. District Judge Richard Berman will sentence Mehmet Hakan Atilla on Wednesday in Manhattan.
The 47-year-old Atilla was convicted at a trial that ended in January.
His lawyers say a calculation by court employees that he should serve life in prison is “draconian” and “stupefyingly unreasonable and unjust.” They say a prison sentence should be less than four years.
Atilla worked for Turkey’s state-run Halkbank when prosecutors say he joined a multiyear conspiracy in 2011 to help Iran launder billions of dollars in Iranian oil proceeds.
A spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH’-jehp TY’-ihp UR’-doh-wahn) has called the trial outcome a “scandalous verdict.”