German-Iranian Charged With Sale of Rocket Parts to Iran

German federal prosecutors charged a German-Iranian national with helping supply the Middle Eastern country’s government with components for its rocket program, five years after the man was convicted of a similar offense.

Ali Reza B., 63, allegedly provided vacuum pumps, valves and other industrial products with dual civilian and military purposes from 2011 to 2013 to an unidentified Iranian organization that’s subject to a European Union trade embargo, the prosecutors office in Karlsruhe said today in a statement, citing charges filed in a Hamburg court. The goods’ value totaled about 436,000 euros ($584,000).

EU and U.S. authorities have led trade sanctions against Iran for its nuclear-research program, which the government says isn’t for military purposes, and missile development. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said last week that an agreement with six world powers on permitting the nuclear project is unlikely to be completed by a Nov. 24 deadline.

Ali Reza B. was arrested on Feb. 18 in raids on his home and offices and charged on July 24 following an investigation, the prosecutors office said. The accusations center on 10 transactions involving German or unidentified third-country suppliers, as well as an 11th thwarted by trade officials, with the deals carried out through a neighboring Arab country to avoid detection in Germany, it said.

The suspect was convicted in 2009 by a court in Bonn for attempted dealings with the same Iranian organization, they said.

German law prohibits the naming of suspects involved in criminal cases before they’re convicted.

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