Iranian jailed in US for arms trafficking plot
14-Dec-2009 (one comment)

An Iranian man has been jailed for five years in the US after admitting plotting to procure and smuggle arms to Iran, prosecutors say.

Amir Ardebili was seized by undercover US agents overseas in 2007 following a five-year investigation.

In May 2008, he pleaded guilty to arms trafficking, but this was only revealed two weeks ago.

Iran complained to United Nations officials in October about how the US had seized Ardebili.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has likened the case to three US hikers who were detained after crossing the border from Iraq.

'Acquiring components'

A federal prosecutor in the state of Delaware, Assistant Attorney David Hall, said Ardebili had acquired thousands of items, including military aircraft parts, the Associated Press news agency reported.

Mr Hall said Ardebili had been arrested in the Republic of Georgia in October 2007.

The defendant was extradited to the US in January 2008.

When the documents on his case were unsealed this month, US attorney David Weiss said: "For years, the defendant was in the business of acquiring components, many with military applications, for the government of Iran.

"The government's investigation and prosecution has put the defendant out of business and removed this threat to our national security."

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Iran is a world class military industrial complex

by mahmoudg on

Iran can make thousands of Fajr missiles, a couple subamrines, and has produced F5 like fighter jets.  Yet it is so inept that it cannot produce parts for F4, F14 and C130, all of which (except the C130s) have long been removed from the American inventory.  These items are 40 years old.  If Iran can produce all of the mentioned advanced equipment, how is it dibilitated in copying old parts.  Answer is, it never has.  Most of what they show on TV is touched up films.  Their missiles are only a few and are replicated on video.  They can't even launch them without foreign help.  Their jets are copies of F5's which went out of US airforce inventory in the late 60s!!!  Islamic Republic is good and lying and concealing which is what Islam is goot at teaching it.