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Jury goes back to work in US trial of Turkish banker

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NEW YORK (AP) — After an extended holiday break, a New York jury is poised to resume deliberating the fate of a Turkish banker charged with helping Iran evade U.S. economic sanctions.

The Manhattan federal court jury enters a fourth day of deliberations Wednesday in the trial of Halkbank executive Mehmet Hakan Atilla. The jury was off all last week for the holidays.

Atilla has pleaded not guilty to charges that he helped Iran launder oil and gas revenues through world banks, including in the U.S.

The trial attracted considerable interest in Turkey, where government officials criticized the United States for the prosecution.

The criticism came in part because the government's main witness was a Turkish gold trader who testified that bribes to government officials helped the conspiracy proceed.

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