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Sunday 26 October  

Dutchman gets 6 months for illicit trade with Iran

Published on 16 May 2012 - 9:43pm
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A Dutchman charged with conspiring to export prohibited goods to Iran has been sentenced to six months in prison by a New Jersey court and ordered to pay a 2,000-dollar fine. Ulrich Davis had signed a confession last February and pleaded guilty to the charges.

Davis facilitated several shipments to Iran in 2007 and 2008 without proper US authorisation. The shipments included parts for C-130 aircraft, a fuel control unit for a Boeing 747, adhesive primer, peroxide and aerosols.

In at least one case, Davis asked a New York-based partner firm to falsify documents so they would show the shipment heading to the Netherlands, not Iran.

National security threat
The 50-year-old former manager was arrested last August as he tried to board a Netherlands-bound flight at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport outside New York.

He was charged with conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, which allows US presidents to regulate trade in response to a national security threat. The charge carries a maximum sentence of five years and a 250,000-dollar fine.

Davis’ Dutch lawyer Gerard Sprong has said his client’s sentence has been served as he has been remanded in custody since his arrest last summer.

Iran has been under a variety of economic and military US sanctions for decades. Those measures were stepped up over Tehran's suspect nuclear programme.
 

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