French extradition decision on Iranian postponed

February 17, 2010 21:54


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A French judge postponed a sensitive decision Wednesday on whether to extradite an Iranian engineer to the United States, where he is accused of evading export controls to buy US technology over the Internet for Iran's military.

The judge handling Majid Kakavand's case has asked for extra information, including studies from France's military armament body, before making a decision. Wednesday's hearing was the seventh in the complex case; a new one has been tentatively set for March 31.

The case has weighty diplomatic implications for France, which has trade and oil interests in Iran, though it has taken a tough stance on Iran's nuclear ambitions.

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