Canadian-Iranian Man Sentenced To Prison Over U.S. Sanctions

A Canadian-Iranian man has been sentenced to 32 months in prison for conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions against Iran.

U.S. prosecutors said Ali Soofi, a dual citizen, “conspired to export military items from the United States to Iran, both directly and through transshipment to intermediary countries, without a license” between 2014 and 2016.

statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York added that the 63-year-old Soofi “sought to purchase and ship numerous items, including helicopters, high-tech machine-gun parts, tank parts, and military vehicles, from the United States to Iran, all without a license and while knowing that such shipments were illegal under U.S. law.”

Canadian-Iranian means an Iranian with a Canadian passport of convenience.