A sort of Iranian nationals in Canada were charged on Friday in connection with an illegal plan to purchase and export controlled laboratory equipment Iran, The Ministry of Justice announced.
46-year-old Reza Sarhangpour Kafrani Montreal Residents, yes be accused The federal grand jury in the District Court of the District of Columbia in the United States filed a lawsuit on multiple charges, including two suspected violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, which authorizes the president to supervise international trade in emergencies in certain countries.
Kafrani and an unidentified co-conspirator began negotiations with a US company in November 2015 to purchase spectroscopy equipment and import them into the US. Canada According to court documents, through a company called Prolife Global, Ltd. jointly owned by them.
During the negotiations, Cavrani asked how much it would cost to ship and install the equipment to the Middle East. A representative replied via email, “You know about sanctions against Iran,” but the transaction failed on Friday, the statement said.
Kafrani eventually purchased three mass spectrometers and an autosampler (according to the Department of Justice, the equipment was used for nuclear non-proliferation purposes) from another American company for a total price of approximately US$110,739.
Subsequently, the two conspirators arranged to ship the equipment to Canada, and then hired a Canadian company to export the equipment to the United Arab Emirates. They then hired a company headquartered in the UAE to ship the equipment to Iran-all without obtaining proper permits under U.S. law.
The Justice Department added that in addition to two IEEPA charges, Cavrani also faces one count of conspiracy, one count of failing to submit export information, and six counts of money laundering.
If convicted, the defendant will face up to 5 years in prison for conspiracy and failure to submit export information, while the maximum penalty for IEEPA and money laundering charges is 20 years in prison.
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Original author: Jeremy Biman