Iran shipping company rejects US indictments

By REUTERS
June 21, 2011 20:15

 
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TEHRAN - Iran's state shipping line rejected on Tuesday the latest U.S. indictments against it, saying the move was another attempt by Washington to damage the Islamic Republic's economy, state television reported.

U.S. prosecutors took aim at the state-sponsored Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines, known as IRISL, on Monday, indicting several companies and individuals for helping the blacklisted firm's suspected weapons proliferation activities by allegedly falsifying bank records.

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office said IRISL used bogus companies to dupe New York-based banks into processing wire payments totaling more than $60 million.

"Iran's shipping line called America's action unfair and against international laws and regulations," state television reported.

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