Turkey's Halkbank has executive detained in US

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Turkish state lender Halkbank confirmed on Wednesday that one of its senior executives had been detained in the United States and said it and the Turkish government were working on the issue.

US prosecutors on Tuesday charged Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a deputy general manager at Halkbank, with participating in a multi-year scheme to violate US sanctions against Iran, escalating a case that has added to tensions between the US and Turkey.

The charges expand a case that has drawn criticism from Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who has said he believed US authorities had "ulterior motives" in prosecuting Zarrab.

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