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International Enforcement Actions
June 5, 2014
In November 2012, Spanish Customs raided the headquarters of ONA Electroerosion S.A. because of concerns that the Spanish machine tool manufacturer had smuggled nuclear-useable items to Iran, in violation of international sanctions. Spanish authorities initiated an investigation of the transfers in January 2013, and have reported the case to the...
International Enforcement Actions
May 25, 2014
Israeli citizen Eliyahu Cohen (a.k.a. Eli Cohen) was arrested in Israel on May 12, 2014 on charges of conspiring to export U.S. defense articles without a license. His arrest follows an investigation into a network of entities involved in the illicit export of military parts from the United States. A February 2007 indictment charged Cohen and his...
International Enforcement Actions
March 15, 2014
On March 5, 2014, the Israeli Navy intercepted a ship in the Red Sea that was transporting Iranian arms to the Gaza Strip. The Panamanian-flagged vessel, known as the Klos-C, was carrying 40 M-302 rockets, 120-mm mortar shells, and hundreds of thousands of 7.62 mm bullets. Israeli authorities stated that the M-302 rockets aboard the ship had...
International Enforcement Actions
February 15, 2014
On January 6, 2014, Mark Mason Alexander (also known as Musa Mahmood Ahmed) was sentenced to 18 months in prison for sending waterjet cutting machines to Iran without the required authorization, in violation of the U.S. trade embargo. The machines are used for the precision cutting of materials, including aluminum, glass and steel, and cost...
International Enforcement Actions
January 6, 2014
On December 20, 2013 Nader Modanlo, a U.S. citizen born in Iran, was sentenced to eight years in federal prison and ordered to forfeit $10 million on charges of brokering a deal that helped Iran launch its first satellite, in violation of U.S. sanctions. Five others, all Iranian nationals, were also indicted but remain at large. Modanlo, who...
International Enforcement Actions
October 1, 2013
Iranian national Amin Ravan and his Iran-based company IC Market Iran (IMI) have been charged with smuggling military antennas from the United States to Hong Kong and Singapore.  According to the Justice Department, 50 cavity-backed spiral antennas and five biconical antennas were exported from the United States to Corezing International without...
International Enforcement Actions
September 24, 2013
On August 14, 2013, Seyed Amin Ghorashi Sarvestani, an Iranian national, was sentenced to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to export satellite technology and hardware to Iran in violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA). Ghorashi, 46, was the manager and part-owner of two companies based in the...
International Enforcement Actions
September 3, 2013
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...
International Enforcement Actions
August 8, 2013
Shahab Ghasri, a naturalized Swedish citizen of Iranian origin, was found guilty of violating international sanctions against Iran. The verdict was delivered by a Swedish district court in February 2013; Ghasri was given a three month suspended jail sentence. Between February and April 2011, Ghasri attempted to sell vacuum pumps and corrosion-...
International Enforcement Actions
June 5, 2013
On May 13, 2013, A Nigerian court sentenced Azim Aghajani, allegedly a member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and his Nigerian accomplice Ali Usman Abbas Jega, to five years in prison for their role in an arms smuggling case. Aghajani and Jega were charged with falsifying shipping documents and hiding mortars and rockets among 13...

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