WashingtonFreeBeacon: An Iranian man convicted of exporting sensitive nuclear-related materials to Iran has been sentenced to 46 months in prison, according to an announcement from the Justice Department.
Behzad Pourghannad was dealt the prison sentence on Thursday for his role in a conspiracy to illicitly export to Irancarbon fiber, a restricted and controlled material that has applications in military and aerospace technologies.
The sentence reflects the Trump administration’s commitment to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and the materials necessary to bolster its program.
Pourghannad arranged a scheme to obfuscate the export of these materials to Iran, which is prohibited under U.S. sanctions meant to stop Tehran from obtaining sensitive materials that could be used in its nuclear and military programs. The defendants fooled a U.S. manufacturer of carbon fiber by making it appear as if the materials were not destined for Iran. After channeling the material through a complex network of companies based in Europe and the Middle East, Pourghannad and his associates worked to ensure the carbon fiber ultimately ended up in Iran. read more