US INDICTS FOUR COMPANIES AND FIVE INDIVIDUALS FOR BREACHING IRAN SANCTIONS

The US has made public an indictment charging 4 companies and 5 individuals with facilitating the export of high-tech microelectronics, uninterruptible power supplies, and other commodities to Iran in violation of sanctions imposed on the country under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA).

The indictment alleges that the listed companies and people were part of an Iranian procurement network operating in the US, Turkey, Taiwan, and Iran.  It states that between approximately July 2010 and the present, the network obtained at least $24m worth of commodities in the US before shipping them to Iran via Taiwan and Turkey.  The microelectronics shipped to Iran allegedly included commodities frequently used in a wide range of military systems, including surface-to-air and cruise missiles.

The individual defendants each face up to 20 years in prison, and the corporate defendants face fines of up to $1m for each count under the IEEPA.

In conjunction with the indictment being unsealed, the US Department of Commerce has designated 7 foreign nationals and companies alleged to have facilitated the procurement network, adding them to its sanctions listings.  Under the measures, a license requirement is imposed on the listed persons, with a presumption that no license shall be granted, before any commodities can be exported to them from the US.

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About Michael O'Kane

Michael O’Kane is a partner and Head of the Business Crime team at leading UK firm Peters & Peters. Described as ‘first-rate’ (Legal 500 2012), he “draws glowing praise from commentators” (Chambers 2013) for handling the international aspects of business crime, including sanctions, extradition and mutual legal assistance. Called to the Bar in 1992 and prior to joining Peters & Peters he was a senior specialist prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service Headquarters(CPS). At CPS HQ he was a key member of a small specialist unit responsible for the prosecution of serious and high profile fraud, terrorist and special interest criminal matters including the Stansted Airport Afghan hijacking and the prosecution of Paul Burrell (Princess Diana’s butler). Michael joined Peters & Peters in 2002. He became a partner in May 2004, and Head of the Business Crime team in May 2009. Since joining Peters & Peters, Michael has dealt with a wide range of business crime matters. He has particular expertise in international sanctions, criminal cartels, extradition, corruption, mutual legal assistance, and FSA investigations. Described as“ an influential practitioner in fraud and regulatory work, so much so that he is top of the referral lists of many City firms for independent advice for directors” (The Lawyer’s Hot 100 2009), he was recognised as one of the UK’s most innovative lawyers in the 2011 FT Innovative Lawyer Awards and included in the list of the UK's leading lawyers in 'The International Who's Who of Asset Recovery 2012. In 2012 he was the winner of the Global Competition Review Article of the Year. Michael regularly appears on television and radio to discuss his specialist areas and he is the author of the leading textbook on the UK Criminal Cartel Offence “The Law of Criminal Cartels-Practice and Procedure” (Oxford University Press 2009). Recent/Current Sanctions Work • Representing 109 individuals and 12 companies subject to designation by the European Council under targeted measures imposed against Zimbabwe. This is the largest and most complex collective challenge to a sanctions listing ever brought before the European Court. • Acting for a former Egyptian Minister and his UK resident wife, challenging their designation by the European Council of Ministers under targeted measures brought against former members of the Egyptian Government. • Advising a company accused in a UN investigation report to have breached UN sanctions imposed in relation to Somalia. • Advising a UK company in relation to ongoing commercial relationships with an Iranian company listed under both EU and UN sanctions. • Advising an individual in relation to a UK investigation for alleging breaching nuclear export controls.

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