Hashemi and Two Others Charged for Illegal Exports from the United States to Iran

February 7, 2013

Publication Type: 

  • International Enforcement Actions

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear
  • Military

Mentioned Suspect Entities & Suppliers: 

Related Country: 

  • South Korea
  • United Arab Emirates


Wisconsin Project Staff

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.  Between 2007 and 2012, Hashemi, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen, and Taskiran, a Turkish citizen, used brokers and freight forwarders based in Europe in order to procure carbon fiber from the United States for Hashemi's Tehran-based company.  The material was sent to Iran from Europe via the United Arab Emirates.  Carbon fiber is a dual-use item with potential applications in aerospace engineering and in gas centrifuges that enrich uranium.  The carbon fiber was acquired from an American broker of carbon fiber located in Orange County, New York.

Tamimi, an Iranian citizen, is alleged to have exported components for a helicopter that has military applications from the United States to Iran via South Korea.  The transfers allegedly took place between November 2011 and December 2012. 

Hashemi, Gromacki, and Tamimi are in U.S. custody.


[1] “Four Individuals Charged in the Southern District of New York with Exporting Various Goods from the United States to Iran and China,” Press Release, U.S. Department of Justice, December 5, 2012.

[2] Sealed Indictment, United States of America v. Hamid Reza Hashemi and Murat Taskiran, Case Number 7:12-cr-00804-VB, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, December 6, 2012.

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