On 15 December 2017, mr. A. Soofi (“Soofi“), a Canadian-Iranian dual national, was sentenced to 32 months in prison for violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (“IEEPA”). Soofi already pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the IEEPA on 7 September 2017.
According to the ofcourt documents, Soofi, between 2014 and December 2016, conspired to export military items, such as helicopters, machine gun parts and tank parts, from the United States (“US“) to Iran, both directly and through transshipment to intermediary countries, without a license and knowing that the shipments violated the US Iran sanctions regime. Furthermore, Soofi acted as a broker on behalf of Iranian clients, including a high-ranking official in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (“IRGC”), who sought US military technology. During the conspiracy, Soofi worked to fill specific orders for the IRGC by contacting other individuals with access to the requested military items through e-mail, telephone, and during personal meetings.