Halkbank case in the USA: The court heard the parties

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The US Supreme Court heard the parties in the Halkbank case. At the hearing, some judges expressed their concerns as to whether such a case would result in retaliation against the United States and open the door for him to sue foreign states on different grounds. The court will announce its decision in writing later.

The Supreme Court, which is the last judicial authority in the USA, listened to the parties to evaluate the application made by Halk Bank for the dismissal of the case under the “Foreign State Immunity Act”.

The hearing, in which the 9-member court heard the views of the parties and asked questions on whether the “Foreign State Immunity Law” could be applied to criminal law cases, lasted more than an hour.

Judge Clarence Thomas gave the People’s Bank lawyers the floor first. The People’s Bank attorney said the Southern District Court of New York did not have jurisdiction over the People’s Bank and the bank had immunity from jurisdiction under the “Foreign State Immunity Act.” During the hearing, Halk Bank’s lawyer was asked whether there was any way to distinguish the bank as a government body when it came to a 51 percent commercial enterprise.

FROM THE JUDGES “Does it lead to retaliation to the USA?” THE QUESTION IS Judges Amy Coney Barrett and Neil Gorsuch asked the prosecutor’s office whether such a case would result in retaliation against the United States and open the door for 50 states in the United States to sue foreign states on different grounds, such as the Covid-19 investigation into China. The US Supreme Court, which accepted the application of the People’s Bank, will decide whether the law in question also covers criminal law cases, as different decisions have been made in the courts of appeal before whether the “Foreign State Immunity Act” should be applied to criminal law cases. The Supreme Court will announce its decision in writing. If the Supreme Court finds Halk Bank’s application justified and decides in favor, the case will be dismissed; If he makes an unfavorable decision and upholds the decisions of the federal and higher courts, the case will begin to be heard in the Federal Court for the Southern District of New York. The bank is accused of “violating US sanctions on Iran”.



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