Halkbank deputy CEO arrested in the U.S.
Mehmet Hakan Atilla, deputy chief executive officer at state-run Halkbank, was arrested in the United States, accused of conspiring with Reza Zarrab, an Iranian-Turkish gold trader arrested last year, to launder hundreds of millions of dollars through the U.S. financial system on behalf of Iran and its companies. Atilla was taken into custody on Monday night, a prosecutor told a magistrate judge at a hearing on Tuesday. Atilla did not enter a plea and made no statement during a brief court appearance and was ordered held without bail. The bank’s shares fell on Tuesday in Istanbul on the news.