Iranians Accused in Alleged Military Parts Exporting Scheme
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A federal grand jury indicted two Iranians for allegedly attempting to export 2,000 portable military radios illegally for the Iranian Army.
The indictment handed up Thursday accused Hormoz Hezar, 51, of Beverly Hills, and Khosrow Shakib, 43, of Los Angeles, of attempting to ship the $3.9 million in military radios to Iran via West Germany.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Modisett said the radios, labeled as telephone parts, were sent to a West German company owned by Hezar, then were forwarded to the Iranian Army.
Although approximately $800,000 worth of spare parts actually were shipped to Iran, Modisett said only 50 of the complete radios were exported from the United States.
Hezar, indicted on 12 counts, faces up to 27 years in prison if convicted; Shakib, charged with conspiracy, faces a maximum five years in prison if convicted.
Customs investigators were led to Hezar and Shakib by Steven Sanett, owner of a West Los Angeles electronics company who pleaded guilty in August to conspiring to export radar equipment and military radios to Iran, Modisett said.
Iran and Iraq have been at war since Sept. 20, 1980. The United States has no diplomatic ties with Iran, and forbids the sale of any military equipment to the country.