Nematollah Helmi

Also Known As: 

N. Helmi

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear
  • Chemical
  • Biological

Exporting Country: 



- North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
- 502-1327 E. Keith Rd. N. Vancouver BC V7J 3T5 Canada (Kanira Trade Ltd.)


604-983-9262 (Kanira Trade Ltd.)


604-983-9235 (Kanira Trade Ltd.)


[email protected] (Kanira Trade Ltd.)

On January 10, 2002, sentenced in British Columbia Supreme Court to pay a $50,000 fine for violating Canadian export controls by illegally exporting goods to Iran, making false statements under Canada's Customs Act, and furnishing false or misleading information in an application for a permit under Canada's Export Import Permits Act; reportedly pled guilty.

Kanira Trade Ltd. (reportedly a company that deals in the international trade of chemicals to Middle East markets, of which Helmi was the sole director and reported president) was also fined $25,000 for illegally exporting goods to Iran; Canadian Customs discovered nine shipments that took place in 1998 and 1999, to Iran via the United Arab Emirates (UAE), of U.S.-origin scientific research equipment that could be used for chemical, biological, and nuclear research, including a vibroslicer and a radiation survey meter (seized in the last two shipments), a gas chromatograph, digital oscilloscopes, a hydrophone, and laser testing equipment, as well as (reportedly) pyro-electric sensors, attenuators, DC power supplies, a thermocouple sensor, chemical analysis equipment, processor board, spectrum analyzer, and an RF amplifier; reportedly according to the prosecution, items were sent via the freight forwarder Bax Global to two UAE companies - Medex Trading FZE and Emexim International (which Helmi allegedly also directed) - before being transferred to Samamicro Co. Ltd. and Cybase Co. Ltd in Iran; the goods then reportedly ended up at universities in Iran, including Sharif Technical University (Sharif University of Technology), University of Isfahan, and a scientific institute in Zanjan province.

Born in 1948, reportedly in Iran, and lived in Dubai, UAE for a decade.

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Date Entered: 

April 30, 2010

Date Last Modified: 

April 30, 2010