3½-year sentence ordered in Iran missile part case

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August 27, 2010 20:34

 
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MIAMI — A Taiwanese businessman was sentenced Friday to three and half years in US prison for violating the Iran trade embargo by arranging illegal shipments of parts that can be used for military or nuclear purposes, including in missiles and unmanned drones.

Yi-Lan "Kevin" Chen, 40, had faced up to 20 years on each of three charges, but US District Judge Adalberto Jordan cited Chen's remorse, lack of prior criminal record and immediate admission of guilt as reasons for a lighter sentence.

"I don't believe any longer sentence is necessary to protect society from criminal conduct in the future," Jordan said.

Chen was arrested in February in Guam in the midst of a transaction to ship to Iran some 8,500 glass-to-metal seals and 120 military-grade connectors. Commerce Department investigators said he had arranged at least 30 banned shipments to Iran since 2007, falsely telling U.S.-based suppliers that the goods were destined for Hong Kong or Taiwan.

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