Two Sentenced For Violating Law On Arms To Iran With AM-Iran, Bjt
Undated (AP) _ A federal judge sentenced a British businessman to 10 years in prison Monday for trying to sell helicopters to the Iranian government, while a California man received a three-year term for sending military radios to Iran.
Herbert Alwyn Smith, 46, the British businessman, was sentenced to 10 years by U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum in New York for conspiracy to violate the Arms Export Control Act and 13 counts of wire fraud.
In Los Angeles, U.S. District Judge Alicemarie Stotler handed 51-year-old Hormoz Hezar of Beverly Hills a three-year prison term plus five years’ probation for conspiracy and two violations of the Arms Export Control Act.
Hezar’s public defender, Brian Robbins, argued that it was wrong to send his client to prison because the Reagan administration has reportedly sent arms itself to Iran in efforts to free U.S. hostages held by Lebanese groups with Iranian ties.
″It turns out that really wasn’t (the country’s) policy,″ Robbins said of the arms-export ban.
The administration has refused to comment directly on the reports of government arms shipments. But President Reagan said Monday his administration had violated no U.S. laws in carrying out its Middle East policy.
Hezar admitted sending 50 military radios to Iran. He also negotiated the export of $800,000 in spare parts, about 80 percent of which reached that country, prosecutors said.
In the New York case, prosecutors said Smith tried to export seven Agusta Bell 204B helicopters and 4,000 spare parts by falsifying on a State Department export license application where the choppers were going and what they would be used for.
According to evidence presented at his trial in August, Smith negotiated with a U.S. Customs Service agent posing as a representative of the Iranian government and offered to sell the helicopters and parts for $22 million.