Turkish banker jailed over Iran sanctions scheme to work with OECD

Hakan Atilla, a former Turkish banker that was detained in the U.S. over Iran sanctions violations, is set to work with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), pro-government Yeni Akit newspaper reported.

The report follows rumours that the former executive at Turkey’s state-run Halkbank, who was released on July 19 from prison in the United States after serving a 32-month sentence for helping Iran evade economic sanctions, was to be assigned a role as an ambassador for the country.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in July invited Atilla to discuss his future employment, left-wing news site Duvar had reported.

The New York trial of Atilla made international headlines when evidence provided by the prosecution alleged that senior Turkish officials, including President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, knew of the  multi-billion-dollar scheme to bypass U.S. sanctions.

Turkey is still under the risk of measures that can be imposed by the U.S. Treasury over the scheme to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran, which Atilla was sentenced for.