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

October 25, 2013


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.