Canadian-Iranian Citizen Sentenced to 32 Months in Prison for Conspiring to Violate Iran Sanctions

December 15, 2017


U.S. Department of Justice Press Release

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Ali Soofi, a 63-year-old dual Canadian-Iranian citizen, was sentenced to 32 months prison after pleading guilty in September 2017 to one count of conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. Between 2014 and December 2016, Soofi conspired to export U.S.-origin military items to Iran without a license, both directly and through intermediary countries. Soofi attempted to illegally procure and ship helicopters, tank and machine gun parts, and military vehicles, among other items. Soofi’s clients included a high-ranking Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Commander responsible for procuring parts and weapons for Iran’s Ministry of Defense.