Two plead guilty in US plot to ship aircraft to Iran
Louisville(US): An Iranian national and a US citizen who worked as an airline pilot have pleaded guilty in a plot aimed at illegally shipping aircraft and parts to Iran for civilian use.
Federal authorities say both men face up to 40 years in prison and fines of $500,000 following their guilty pleas to a two-count indictment unsealed before their hearing Monday in federal court in Louisville, Kentucky.
The defendants are identified as Hamid Asefi, a 68-year-old Iranian citizen, and 53-year-old Behzad "Tony" Karimian, a US citizen living in Louisville who holds an Iranian passport and has worked as a Mesaba Airlines pilot.
The indictment says the two violated an embargo against Iran by plotting to ship the parts and aircraft from the US to Iran in 2009 and 2010.
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