Iranian faces jail over goggles

An Iranian woman would face a five-year jail after a US jury convicted her of attempting to purchase night-vision goggles for Iran.

Twelve Jurors said on Thursday that they found Shahrazad Mir Gholikhan guilty of illegally trying to broker the deal to export 3,500 sophisticated goggles to her country. But the jury acquitted her of three conspiracy counts.

US laws ban all exports to Iran and prohibit the sale of military night- vision goggles without a license.

Gholikhan, who has already spent a year in prison, said she would appeal and insisted that she is innocent.

“I won’t give up. It’s OK. God is here,” Gholikhan said in a brief courtroom interview.

US District Judge James I. Cohn set sentencing for March 6. Gholikhan, who acted as her own attorney during the trial, faces a total of about five years in prison on the three convictions.

Gholikhan, 31, and her husband, Mahmoud Seif, were arrested in Vienna, Austria, in 2004.


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