Ali Soofi, a Canadian-Iranian dual national, who pleaded guilty in September 2017 to conspiracy to violate US sanctions on Iran, has been sentenced at a New York court to 32 months in prison.
Between 2014 and 2016, Mr. Soofi conspired to export military items (including helicopters and tank parts) from the US to Iran, directly and through trans-shipment to intermediary countries, without a licence and knowing that such shipments were illegal under US law. He had acted as a broker on behalf of Iranian clients, including a high-ranking official in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), who sought American military technology. OFAC designated the IRGC, pursuant to the global terrorism Executive Order 13224, in October 2017 (see previous blog here). Links for the US Department of Justice press release, indictment and plea agreement.
Michael was called to the Bar in 1992 and prior to joining Peters & Peters was a senior specialist prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service Headquarters (CPS). He was a key member of a small specialist unit responsible for the prosecution of serious and high-profile fraud, terrorist,...See profile for Michael O'Kane >