Azim Aghajani

Also Known As: 

Azim Adhajani

Weapon Program: 

  • Military

Related Country: 

  • Nigeria



A member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF); linked to a 2010 shipment of weapons, intended for Gambia but seized in Nigeria, that consisted of 240 tons of munitions, including rockets, mortar shells, grenades, and rounds of ammunition; was reportedly charged in Nigeria with four counts of illegal importation of arms and ammunition; Ali Abbass Usman Jega was also charged in Nigeria for having been involved in the weapons shipment; Ali Akbar Tabatabaei was reportedly sought by Nigerian authorities in connection with the weapons shipment; according to a U.N. report, the shipment was dispatched by Behineh Trading Co and support was provided to Aghajani by International Trading and General Construction (also known as International General Trading and Construction Company or IGTCC), both of which are IRGC front companies; reportedly acknowledged his affiliation with the Gambia-registered IGTCC in a Nigerian court statement; according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the shipment also involved Esmail Ghani.

An Iranian national; born in 1967.


Designated by the U.N. Security Council on April 18, 2012, pursuant to resolution 1737 (2006), as a person linked to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC); subsequently designated by U.N. Security Council resolution 2231 (2015); removed from the U.N. list on October 18, 2023, following the expiration of targeted sanctions contained in resolution 2231.

Listed by the European Union on December 1, 2011, as a person linked to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC); with some exceptions, E.U. member states must freeze assets owned or controlled by the person, directly or indirectly, and prevent assets from being made available to the person; with some exceptions, E.U. member states must also prevent the person's entry into or transit through their territories.

Added on March 27, 2012, to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), freezing the person's assets under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibiting transactions with U.S. parties, pursuant to Executive Order 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism; also subject to the Iranian Financial Sanctions Regulations; foreign parties facilitating transactions for the person or otherwise assisting the person are subject to U.S. sanctions.

Sanctioned by the governments of Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, restricting business and financial transactions with the person and/or freezing the person's assets in those countries.

Mentioned Suspect Entities & Suppliers: 

Date Entered: 

May 1, 2012

Date Last Modified: 

December 20, 2023