Iranian Entity: Ali Akbar Tabatabaei
|Ali Akbar Tabatabaei|
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Ali Akbar Tabatabesi
Reportedly commander of the Africa operations of al-Quds Force, part of the IRGC; linked to a shipment of weapons to Nigeria in 2010 that consisted of 240 tons of munitions, including rockets, mortar shells, grenades, and rounds of ammunition, according to a report by a U.N. Panel of Experts; was reportedly sought by Nigerian authorities in connection with the weapons shipment, but claimed diplomatic immunity and took refuge at the Iranian Embassy in Abuja, before returning to Iran; Azim Aghajani (see separate entity record) was charged in Nigeria with four counts of illegal importation of arms and ammunition in connection with the shipment; according to the U.N. Panel of Experts, the shipment was dispatched by Behineh Trading Company, an IRGC front company.
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