Belgian charged with smuggling fighter jet parts to Iran pleads not guilty

September 11, 2009 00:00

A Belgian arms dealer pleaded not guilty in an Alabama courtroom on Thursday, to charges of trying to smuggle fighter jet parts to Iran. Jacques Monsieur entered the plea during an appearance before a federal magistrate in Mobile. Monsieur and an Iranian man were indicted in Mobile on charges of trying to obtain military items for the Iranian government. The alleged deal would violate the US embargo against Iran. Charges were filed in Alabama because the men allegedly wired money to a financial institution in Mobile for the purchase of fighter jet parts. Monsieur has claimed to be an arms dealer who also does intelligence work. He once claimed to have a relationship with US intelligence agencies.

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