Mehdi Khoshghadam

Also Known As: 

Mehdi Khosh Ghadam
David Lei
مهدی خوش قدم
مهدی خوشقدم

Weapon Program: 

  • Military

Related Country: 

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore


Tehran, Iran
A-1-5, Cita Damansara, PJU 3/27, Sunway Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Selangor 47810, Malaysia

An Iranian national indicted in the United States for allegedly conspiring to illegally export U.S. technology to Iran; managing director of Pardazan System Namad Arman (PASNA); according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, part of a sanctions evasion network that has facilitated the procurement of electronic components for Iran's military program, including those used in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

According to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, responsible for PASNA's efforts to evade sanctions; has supplied PASNA with electronics through China- and Hong Kong-based companies, including Arttronix International (HK) Ltd., Vohom Technology (HK) Co. Limited, and Yinke (HK) Electronics Company Limited; has also used Jotrin Electronics Ltd. in China to supply PASNA with accelerometers and microelectromechanical systems and Amvaj Nilgoun Bushehr Co. in Iran to supply PASNA with connectors, electrical components, and other electronics.

Indicted on March 9, 2023 in the United States on one count of conspiracy, one count of violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Between 2015 and 2018, allegedly used front companies and the U.S. financial system to obtain U.S.-made cables and connectors with aviation, energy, and military applications for end-users in Iran without the required authorizations; in 2017 and 2018, allegedly worked with Merlin Trading Company in Singapore, Ningbo Qirui Electric Co. Ltd. in Hong Kong, Tajeran Khize Omidan in Iran, an unknown co-conspirator, and front companies in China and Hong Kong to obtain electrical connectors from a U.S.-based company; in 2016, allegedly worked with Merlin Trading, the unknown co-conspirator, and front companies in China, Hong Kong, and Malaysia to obtain electrical connectors and other products from the U.S.-based company.

Member of the board of directors of PASNA; served as director of PASNA International SDN BHD.

Born in 1983.


Added on April 19, 2023, 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 13382, which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems; 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.

Date Entered: 

August 24, 2023

Date Last Modified: 

August 24, 2023