Dual U.S.-Iranian Citizen Charged in New York Missile Case

October 25, 2013

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Associated Press

U.S. authorities indicted Reza Olangian of Los Gatos, California on charges of attempting to acquire and transfer surface-to-air missiles to Iran, including to Iran's Ministry of Defense. According to the criminal complaint, Olangian was negotiating a deal in 2012 for a missile system with a confidential source for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, who was posing as a Russian arms broker. Olangian, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen, was arrested in Tallinn, Estonia in October 2012 and extradited to the United States last March. He is being held in Manhattan pending a November 13 hearing.