Baktash Fattahi arrested and Charged in Conspiracy to Export Military Aircraft Parts to Iran

Arrested on April 3, 2009, after being indicted by a U.S. federal grand jury on April 2, 2009 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 indicted were Amir Hossein Atabaki, Mohammad Javad Mohammad Esmaeil, Abbas Haider, Mohammed Javid Yahya Saboni, Reza Zahedi Pour, Mahdi Electronic Trading Co., Planet Commercial Brokerage LLC (of which Fattahi was an employee and representative), Raht Aseman Co. Ltd, Sahab Phase, and Sea Speed UAE; according to the indictment, between January 2004 and May 2008, Atabaki, Esmaeil, Saboni 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; Fattahi, Haider, Saboni, Planet Commercial, 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, and CH-53 and UH-1 (“Huey”) military helicopters.

Fattahi, born June 26, 1972, is an Iranian citizen and legal U.S. resident.

Source: / Iranwatch /

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