Ali Reza Shokri

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear
  • Missile

Related Country: 

  • Georgia
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom

Involved in a conspiracy to illegally export U.S.-origin carbon fiber with missile, aerospace, and nuclear applications to Iran.

Charged on July 7, 2013, along with Behzad Pourghannad and Farzin Faridmanesh, with one count of conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), and two counts of violation and attempted violation of the IEEPA; remains at large as of July 2019.

The conspiracy involved the export of tons of carbon fiber from the United States to Iran from 2008 to July 2013; worked with business partner Hamid Reza Hashemi, who was assisted by Murat Taskiran; also worked with co-conspirators Pourghannad and Faridmanesh; responsible for procuring the carbon fiber, while Pourghannad served as the financial guarantor for large transactions and Faridmanesh served as the transshipper.

In late 2007 and early 2008, worked with Hashemi to successfully export and transship carbon fiber from the United States to Hashemi's Iran-based company HB Composites; Hashemi contacted a U.S. supplier who enlisted a third party individual for assistance; transshipped carbon fiber through Europe and Dubai to HB Composites.

In 2009, attempted to export and transship a large quantity of carbon fiber from the United States to Iran; a co-conspirator returned a signed contract to Pourghannad for the purchase and arranged for procurement and transshipment of carbon fiber to Iran via the United Kingdom, but the cargo was seized by U.K. authorities.

In 2013, attempted to export and transship more than five tons of carbon fiber from the United States to Iran; worked with Pourghannad to negotiate with a co-conspirator for the purchase and shipment of the carbon fiber and agreed that it would be sent through Tbilisi, Georgia, with Faridmanesh serving as the transshipper; labels on the shipment were switched from "carbon fiber" to "acrylic" or "polyester."

An Iranian national; 61 years old as of July 2019.

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Date Entered: 

November 26, 2019

Date Last Modified: 

November 26, 2019