The US District Court Judge presiding over the Iran oil-for-gold sanctions evasion case has denied the Rule 29(a) Motion for a Judgment of Acquittal, filed by the sole defendant being tried, Halkbank Deputy CEO Mehmet Atilla. Atilla's counsel made an ore tenus motion at the close of the Government's case, and later filed a written motion.
Readers who require a summary of the issues should review the 28-page Decision and Order, as it is an excellent summary of the proceedings, the counts filed against Atilla, and the defense presented at trial. See United States of America vs. Mehmet Hakan Atilla, Case No.: 15cr867 (SDNY). The Order was filed on February 7, 2018.
Chronicles of Monte Friesner - Financial Crime Analyst
Contributed by Kenneth Rijock - Financial Crime Consultant