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Criminal accusations against a bank controlled by Turkey are being contested by the Supreme Court.

Justices consider whether federal government can pursue criminal charges against Turkey’s Halkbank. The bank is accused of helping to launder billions of dollars so Iran could evade U.S. economic sanctions. A lawyer for the bank says its sovereign immunity shields it from criminal prosecution. Criminal trials against sovereigns were unthinkable in 1789, Blatt says. The same goes for entities that are government-owned or controlled, she says. Justice Department lawyer Eric J. Feigin says the lower courts got it right when they found that Halkbank did not have immunity.