Iranian Man Extradited to United States For Attempted Export of Military Plane Parts

May 11, 2013

Publication Type: 

  • International Enforcement Actions

Weapon Program: 

  • Military


Wisconsin Project Staff

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 was reportedly orchestrated by another Iranian national named Safavi, who allegedly planned to transship about 2,000 plane parts to Iran using fake documents, first via Tajikistan or Turkey and then via China or Brazil. Safavi sent Mohabat to Cyprus to seek the return of a $50,000 payment made to the supplier after the parts never arrived in Iran. Mohabat, 45, was subsequently arrested upon arrival at Cyprus’s Larnaca airport on October 27, 2012 by local authorities acting on an Interpol warrant. He was handed over to U.S. agents at the end of April 2013. Iran withdrew its ambassador to Cyprus in protest following the decision to extradite.


[1] “Iranian Man Extradited To U.S. Tried To Buy Plane Parts-Xinhua,” Wall Street Journal, May 11, 2013.

[2] Menelaos Hadjicostis, “Iran Recalls its Ambassador in Cyprus,” Associated Press, May 10, 2013.