Turkey’s Halkbank pleads not guilty to U.S. criminal charges

NEW YORK, March 31 (Reuters) – Turkey’s state-owned Halkbank on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to criminal charges in a federal court in Manhattan that it helped Iran evade U.S. sanctions, in a case that has strained relations between the United States and Turkey.

The plea – to charges including conspiracy, bank fraud and money laundering – was entered by the bank’s U.S. lawyer at a hearing conducted by telephone conference because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Reporting by Brendan Pierson in New York; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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