Ali Asghar Manzarpour

Also Known As: 

Ali Agar Manzarpour
Ali Asghar Manzapour
Ali Man

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear
  • Military

Exporting Country: 

United Kingdom


- Brighton, United Kingdom
- Preston Technical Services, Ltd.-UK, 17 Preston Village Mews Middle Road, Brighton, - East Sussex BN1 6XU, England
- c/o Maria House, 35 Millers Rd, Brighton BN1 5NP, England
- Baronmode, Ltd., 17 Preston Village Mews, Middle Road, Brighton, United Kingdom

Designated as a Denied Person by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) effective March 6, 2008, and prohibited (with his representatives, agents, assigns, or employees when acting for or on his behalf), for a period of twenty years, from participating in any transaction or activity subject to the U.S. Export Administration Regulations (EAR); defaulted on three charges that he violated the EAR by arranging the export of a single-engine aircraft controlled and classified under Export Control Classification Number (ECCN) 9A991.b, on or about April 28, 2004, from the United States, through his companies, Preston Technical Services, Ltd.-UK (of which he was the director) and Baronmode, Ltd.-UK, to the United Kingdom with knowledge that Iran was the ultimate destination, that U.S. government authorization was required but not obtained, and that violations of the EAR would occur as a result.

Charged on February 24, 2005 by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia with 5 counts of violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the Iranian Transaction Regulations; alleged violations stemmed from some of the same activities targeted by BIS, specifically, exporting an experimental aircraft, the Berkut 360 single-engine plane, from the United States to the United Kingdom in April and May 2004, and attempting to ship it to Iran without the necessary authorization from the U.S. government, despite knowing that an embargo prohibited the export of commodities, directly or indirectly, from the United States to Iran; the final destination for the aircraft was allegedly listed as Mahmoud Barati, Qeshm Island Airport, Qeshm Island, Iran.

Manzarpour was also charged with arranging the export of 4000 EMI filters, 197 pounds of Arnokrome3 heat treated coil metal strip, 400 Altera programmable logic parts, and 500 AVX Corp. discoidal MLC feed-through ceramic capacitors from the United States to Iran, through Austria, on four separate occasions in 2000 and 2001, without first having obtained the required authorization; arrested in Warsaw, Poland on February 17, 2005; faces a maximum of 50 years in prison and a $250,000 fine; reportedly freed by the Polish courts of appeal after considering his extradition to the United States; released from Warsaw detention centre on December 14, 2006 and returned to the United Kingdom; considered a fugitive by the United States as of November 26, 2007.

Iin May 1998, convicted in the United Kingdom of illegally attempting to export United States-origin maraging steel from Britain to Iran for nuclear purposes; sentenced to and served nine months imprisonment in the United Kingdom; British authorities allegedly indicated that the maraging steel was destined for Iran's nuclear weapons program and that Manzarpour had been working with the Iranian government for at least a decade; has reportedly exported goods to Iran's Defense Industries Organization and Aerospace Industries Organization; a naturalized citizen of the United Kingdom; date of birth March 5, 1961.

Date Entered: 

May 11, 2009

Date Last Modified: 

May 11, 2009