Also Known As:
Shahrazad Mir Gholikhan
Sharzhad Mir Gholakhan
- United Arab Emirates
Iranian national arrested in Vienna on November 30, 2004 and accused by the Austrian Federal Agency for State Protection and Counter Terrorism of attempting to violate Austrian export control laws.
Mahmoud Seif, allegedly Gholikhan's former husband, was also arrested in connection with this attempted transaction; allegedly planned to illegally export 3,000 helmet-mounted, Generation III military night vision systems from the United States through Austria to Iran.
Allegedly assumed the identity of Farideh Fahimi, an employee working for one of Mahmoud Seif's companies, during the transaction; allegedly indicated that the units were for the Iranian military, and noted direct contacts with the Iranian government; the systems are classified as U.S. Munitions List items and cannot be lawfully exported from the United States without the appropriate export license from the U.S. Department of State.
Reportedly pled guilty in Austria to one charge of trading defense articles without a license, penalized by 28 days in prison and a fine, and reportedly returned to Iran; on September 13, 2005, a U.S. federal grand jury in the Southern District of Florida returned a five-count indictment against Gholikhan in connection with this transaction, which was superseded by a seven-count indictment on April 3, 2008, and another seven-count indictment on April 24, 2008; charged with violations of United States law involving the exportation of defense articles and money laundering; reportedly surrendered to U.S. authorities in December 2007; convicted in December 2008 of three export violation charges and found not guilty on three related conspiracy charges; sentenced, on March 6, 2009, to imprisonment for 63 months, supervised release for 3 years, and a criminal monetary penalty of $300.00.
Additional parties implicated in the case include Hamid Reza Kargar (an Iranian national allegedly d.b.a. Tehran Nara Company), Ms. Shirin Shahrabi, a Mr. Shahkani, Noor Al Fath General Trading Company (Dubai, UAE), and Farideh Fahimi (allegedly an employee of Noor al Fath, in Tehran).
Reportedly established Twins Group, a television and advertising agency in Dubai; date of birth September 23, 1977.