Mohammad Javid Sabouni

Also Known As: 

Mohammed Javid Yahya Saboni
M. J. Sabooni
Dr. M J Sabooni
M.J. Sabouni
Mohammad Javid Sabooni
Mohammed Saboni

Weapon Program: 

  • Military

Exporting Country: 

United Arab Emirates


Dubai, United Arab Emirates


+971 4 2620223, +971 50 6592011 (mobile)

Managing director of Sea Speed UAE; Iranian citizen and resident of Dubai, UAE, and Vancouver, Canada.

On April 2, 2009, indicted by a U.S. federal grand jury for allegedly participating in a conspiracy to export thirteen different types of U.S.-made military aircraft parts to Iran via Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) without obtaining the required licenses or authorizations, in violation of the United States Iran Embargo, the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and the Arms Export Control Act (AECA); also charged with conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.

Also indicted were Amir Hossein Atabaki, Faique Barmawar, Mohammad Javad Mohammad Esmaeil, Baktash Fattahi, Abbas Haider, Shahin Sabooni, Reza Zahedi Pour, Mahdi Electronic Trading Co., Planet Commercial Brokerage LLC, Raht Aseman Co. Ltd, Sahab Phase, and Sea Speed UAE; charges against Planet Commercial were dropped in February 2010; Shahin Sabooni pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering in June 2015 and was sentenced to time served; Fattahi pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, the Iranian Transactions Regulations, and the Arms Export Control Act in July 2010 and was sentenced to 35 months in prison. 

According to the indictment, between January 2004 and June 2008, Atabaki, Esmaeil, Sabouni, Sabooni, and Zahedi caused funds to be used in purchasing dual-use and military aircraft parts from the United States for Mahdi Electronic, Sahab Phase, Raht Aseman and others in Iran; Barmawar, Fattahi, Haider, Sabouni, Sea Speed and others then allegedly received these parts in Dubai and caused them to be shipped to Iran; defendants allegedly shipped parts for the F-5 ("Tiger") and F-14 ("Tomcat") fighter jets, Bell AH-1("Cobra") attack helicopter,CH-53 and UH-1 ("Huey") military helicopters, and OV-10 (“Bronco”) military observation aircraft; Sabouni allegedly authorized payments for the illegal shipments to be made in Iranian funds and oversaw the management of financial affairs for the conspiracy.

Reportedly absent from Sea Speed UAE as of April 2009.

Mentioned Suspect Entities & Suppliers: 

Date Entered: 

November 5, 2009

Date Last Modified: 

September 1, 2015