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Turkish banker arrives in Istanbul after US jail release

Turkish banker warmly welcomed home after release from US prison

Shotlist

1. FORMER TURKISH BANKING EXECUTIVE MEHMET HAKAN ATILLA LEAVING PLANE

2. WIFE AND SON OF HAKAN ATILLA WAITING

3. HAKAN ATILLA ENTERING THE AREA TO MEET HIS FAMILY

4. HAKAN ATILLA HUGGING HIS WIFE AND SON/THEY ENTERING MINIBUS

5. HAKAN ATILLA TALKING WITH HIS WIFE AT MINIBUS

6. FINANCE MINISTER BERAT ALBAYRAK TALKING WITH PRESIDENT RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN/PASSING THE MOBILE PHONE TO HAKAN ATILLA

7. SOUNDBITE (Turkish) FORMER TURKISH BANKING EXECUTIVE, MEHMET HAKAN ATILLA, SAYING:

“Aleykumselam dear Mr. President. How are you? Thank you so much Mr.President”

8. SOUNDBITE (Turkish) FORMER TURKISH BANKING EXECUTIVE, MEHMET HAKAN ATILLA, SAYING:
“I planed to be with my family dear Mr. President. I will spend time for a while with them”

9. HAKAN ATILLA AND FINANCE MINISTER BERAT ALBAYRAK TALKING

Turkish banker arrives in Istanbul after US jail release

A former Turkish banking executive, who was released from a federal U.S. prison last week, arrived in Istanbul on Wednesday.

A Turkish Airlines plane carrying Mehmet Hakan Atilla landed at Istanbul Airport at around 11:30 a.m. local time (0830GMT) after it took off from the New York JFK International Airport.

Atilla was welcomed at the airport by his family members; his wife Burcin, son Burkan, mother Ayse and father Mehmet Isik as well as banking executives and state officials.

Turkish Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Mehmet Cahit Turhan, and General Manager of Halkbank Osman Arslan were among those, who welcomed Atilla.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a phone conversation with Atilla after his arrival in Turkey to express his good wishes to Atilla and his family good wishes.

Atilla, 48, the former deputy director-general at Turkish state lender Halkbank, was sentenced in May 2018 in New York for violating U.S. sanctions on Iran.

However, the judge allowed the time he had served after being arrested a year earlier to be credited in the sentence, and his release on July 19 was announced earlier due to good behavior.

When Atilla was convicted, Turkey blasted the verdict as “a scandalous decision in a scandalous case” and “a conspiracy aimed at complicating Turkey’s internal politics and intervening in Turkey’s internal affairs”.

Atilla’s arrest came after Turkish businessman Riza Sarraf was arrested in 2016 in the U.S. for violating sanctions on Iran.

Cooperating with prosecutors, he gave testimony against Atilla which was used to convict the banker.

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