Iranian National Gets 5 Years For Violating Iran Trade Embargo

By Hannah Albarazi (September 14, 2021, 10:01 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal judge sentenced an Iranian national Tuesday to just over five years in prison for violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act by participating in a scheme to obtain sensitive military parts used to test weapons systems for Iran, in violation of a trade embargo.

U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez sentenced 40-year-old Iranian citizen Mehrdad Ansari, who a Texas federal jury convicted in May, to 63 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

In a statement released following the sentencing, acting Assistant Attorney General Mark J. Lesko of the U.S. Justice Department's National Security Division said,...

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