Turkish banker has done deal with U.S. authorities – pro-gov't columnist

Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla has done a deal with the U.S. authorities after he was found guilty of breaking sanctions on Iran by a Manhattan jury, according to Ergun Diler, a columnist for the pro-government Takvim newspaper.

Atilla, deputy chief executive of state-run Halkbank, has gone absent without leave and may already be holed up in a luxury New York apartment with Federal officials, Diler claimed, without saying how he got the information.

Diler said "there are many details" about Atilla's deal.

"He told a lot of stuff. He has relayed whatever he lived through, one by one... What I learned is Atilla's performance is even better than Reza Zarrab's was at the courtroom." Diler said 

Atilla was complicit with Iranian-Turkish businessman Reza Zarrab in fraud and evading sanctions, the jury ruled this month. Turkey’s government has reacted angrily to the judgement, saying that the case is a plot intended to destabilise the country.

Financial penalties could be imposed on 6-8 Turkish banks and several other Turkish companies totaling tens of billions of dollars, Diler claimed.