|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
BUREAU OF INDUSTRY AND SECURITY
| Thursday, June 23th, 2011
Office of Public Affairs
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) today announced that it will add eight parties to the BIS Entity List that are associated with an international procurement network supplying Iran with U.S. military aircraft components.
"Combating illegal exports to Iran is a top priority. We are committed to choking off rogue procurement networks by every means available to us," said Under Secretary of Commerce Eric L. Hirschhorn.
BIS is adding the following companies and individuals to the list: in France, Aerotechnic France SAS, Luc Teuly and Philippe Sanchez; in Iran, Hassan Seifi, Reza Seifi and Sabanican Company; and in the United Arab Emirates, Aletra General Trading and Syed Amir Ahmed Najfi. These eight persons are being added based on evidence that they have engaged in actions that could enhance the military capability of Iran, a country designated by the U.S. Secretary of State as having repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism. These persons are also added because their overall conduct poses a risk of ongoing EAR violations.
The additions of these eight persons to the Entity List is part of a coordinated U.S. Government enforcement action against this procurement network. The Department of Justice announced today that these same eight persons, and others, have been indicted in the Middle District of Georgia for their alleged roles in a conspiracy to illegally export military components for fighter jets and attack helicopters from the United States to Iran.
BIS controls exports and reexports of dual-use commodities, technology, and software for reasons of national security, missile technology, nuclear non-proliferation, chemical and biological weapons non-proliferation, crime control, regional stability, foreign policy and anti-terrorism. Criminal penalties and administrative sanctions can be imposed for violations of the Export Administration Regulations. For more information, please visit www.bis.doc.gov.