Businessman Exports Electrical Switchgears to Iran

September 3, 2013

Publication Type: 

  • International Enforcement Actions

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Related Country: 

  • United Kingdom


Wisconsin Project Staff

Between May 25, 2008 and December 21, 2009, Ramin Pouladian-Kari, director of GTC Associates, a British company, worked with Iran Tablo Company in Tehran to export 361 dual-use electrical switchgears to Iran via a company in Dubai.  He was denied a license for the exports by British licensing authorities.  One shipment of switchgears was exported; two other shipments were seized by British authorities before leaving the country.

Dr. Pouladian-Kari was originally found guilty on December 12, 2011, by the U.K. Central Criminal Court on charges of illegally exporting to Iran goods that could have been used to make weapons of mass destruction. Also found guilty was Arbrene Hussain, a company employee who helped with paperwork for the shipments.  The conviction was quashed on appeal in February 2013 due to a wrong decision to discharge a juror or jury because of the "real possibility of jury unconscious bias."


1.  "Businessman Jailed for Potential WMD Exports," Press Release, UK HM Revenue & Customs, December 12, 2011; "Iran 'nuclear parts' exporter gets suspended term," Get Surrey, December 13, 2011.

2.  Case No: 2011/07118 in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) on Appeal from the Central Criminal Court, England and Wales Court of Appeal, Royal Courts of Justice, February 22, 2013.