Ardestani have recruited individuals for various operations in the United States, to include lethal targeting of current and former U.S. Government officials as revenge for the death of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force Commander Qasem Soleimani. Ardestani also recruited individuals for surveillance activities focused on religious sites, businesses, and other facilities in the United States.
The Iranian regime continues to aggressively target and stifle opponents and dissenting voices. Domestically, the regime has repeatedly responded to peaceful protests with brutal measures, from the use of lethal force against peaceful protesters to arbitrary detention and torture of detainees, including children. The regime’s efforts to silence its opponents extend far beyond its borders, where Iran has carried out acts of transnational repression, including rendition and lethal plotting against activists, journalists, and foreign government officials.
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(Arabic: محمدمهدی خانپور اردستانی)
KHANPUR, Ali Akbar
KHANPUR, Mohammad Mehdi Ali Akbar
21 Sep 1980
A37895565 (Iran) expires 25 Jul 2021
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» Added to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on December 8, 2023 pursuant to Executive Order 13553 for having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security;