Attorneys for the Turkish government-owned Halkbank have estimated that trial preparation time, and the current prohibition on travel to Turkey to meet with their client, will push the trial to the year 2022, given the amount of anticipated discovery ( said to be 1 Terrabyte), massive translation issues, MLAT testimony, and the usual Coronavirus delays in 2020. The Government advised that it believed a 2021 trial date is feasible.
The defense responded that there will be Classified Information Procedures Act issues, meaning a secure facility for viewing will be required.The Court declined to set a trial date, but did set deadline dates for any motion to dismiss that the defense wishes to file, including a Motion for Recusal of Judge Berman.
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