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International Enforcement Actions
May 11, 2013
Iranian national Saeid Mohabat was extradited from Cyprus to the United States on charges of attempting to purchase F-4 and F-5 plane parts from the United States for shipment to Iran. Mohabat was in phone and e-mail contact with an undercover American agent posing as a supplier of pitot static tubes, which are used to measure air speed. The deal...
International Enforcement Actions
May 6, 2013
Two Iranian nationals were sentenced to life in prison in a Kenyan court on charges of preparing a terrorist attack against Western targets. The men, Ahmad Abolfathi Mohammad and Sayed Mansour Mousavi, were arrested on June 19, 2012 and subsequently charged with possession of explosives, preparing to commit a felony, and intent to commit grievous...
International Enforcement Actions
March 15, 2013
Yemeni authorities seized a 130-foot dhow carrying surface-to-air missiles, explosives, and bomb-making equipment that originated from an Iranian military port and may have been intended for an insurgent group in Yemen. The seized cargo included 10 Chinese man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADs) labeled QW-1M possibly assembled by the China...
International Enforcement Actions
February 7, 2013
A U.S. district court in New York charged Hamid Reza Hashemi, Murat Taskiran, and Amir Abbas Tamimi on December 5, 2012 with illegally exporting and attempting to export goods such as carbon fiber and helicopter parts from the United States to Iran.
International Enforcement Actions
January 30, 2013
Spanish police have broken up a smuggling ring that was planning to ship nuclear components to Iran. The police operation, dubbed "Operation Alfa," began in March 2012. It resulted in two arrests and the interception of a truck owned by the Spanish company Fluval Spain S.L. and carrying dozens of highly corrosion-resistant Inconel 625 valves. The...
International Enforcement Actions
January 10, 2013
On January 8, 2013, retired British businessman Christopher Tappin was sentenced to 33 months in prison in an El Paso, Texas federal court for attempting to illegally export batteries used in the Hawk air defense missile to Iran via Britain or the Netherlands. In 2006, Tappin offered to sell the missile batteries for $25,000 to undercover U.S....
International Enforcement Actions
December 15, 2012
A U.S. district court in New York indicted Iranian citizen Alireza Moazimi Goudarzi on November 15, 2012, for his alleged role in illegally exporting and attempting to export military and civilian aircraft parts from the United States to Iran. Goudarzi used multiple pseudonyms, such as “Mikel Scofield,” “Mike Brown,” and “Sebastian Wilson,” and a...
International Enforcement Actions
October 30, 2012
A U.S. district court in Texas sentenced Taiwanese citizen Susan Yip (a.k.a. Susan Yeh) to two years in federal prison on October 24, 2012, for her role in shipping thousands of U.S.-origin military and dual-use parts from the United States to Iran, using front companies in the United Arab Emirates, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. According to court...
International Enforcement Actions
September 30, 2012
An increasing number of countries are refusing to flag vessels affiliated with the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL), and are revoking flags from IRISL vessels, according to the U.S. Treasury Department. In June, Sierra Leone revoked its flag from the Amin, a vessel owned by the U.N. sanctioned IRISL affiliate Irano-Hind. Since then...
International Enforcement Actions
August 1, 2012
Four men were arrested by German federal authorities in Hamburg, Oldenburg, and Weimar on August 15, 2012, on suspicion of illegally supplying Iran with nuclear reactor components. The home and company of a businessman in Halle were also searched. The suspects are accused of having supplied specialized valves for a heavy water reactor under...

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