Iranians in California Guilty of Illegally Shipping Missile Components to Iran

July 30, 2012

Publication Type: 

  • International Enforcement Actions

Weapon Program: 

  • Missile

Mentioned Suspect Entities & Suppliers: 


Wisconsin Project Staff

California resident and Iranian national Davoud Baniameri pleaded guilty on May 31, 2011 in U.S. District Court to attempting to illegally export to Iran 10 connector adapters for the TOW and TOW2 missile systems in 2009.  He was sentenced to 51 months’ imprisonment on August 12, 2011.  One of Baniameri’s two co-defendants, Andro Telemi, pleaded guilty on July 26, 2012 to a felony charge of trying to illegally export missile parts to Iran.  Telemi faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  He is a naturalized U.S. citizen from Iran who allegedly assisted Baniameri with the attempted export of the missile components. The other co-defendant, Syed Majid Mousavi, was the intended recipient of the exported materials. Mousavi, an Iranian citizen, remains at large and is believed to be living in Iran.


[1] "Iranian National Pleads Guilty in Plot to Illegally Export Missile Components and Radio Test Sets to Iran," Press Release, U.S. Department of Justice, May 31, 2011.

[2] Plea Agreement, U.S. v. Baniameri, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, May 31, 2011.

[3] "Iranian National Sentenced to 51 Months in Prison for Plot to Illegally Export Missile Components and Radio Tests Sets to Iran," Press Release, U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois, August 15, 2011.

[4] "American Pleads Guilty to Trying to Export Missile Parts to Iran," Reuters, July 26, 2012.

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