Iranian wanted by US flies from France

May 7, 2010 21:03


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PARIS — An Iranian detained in France on accusations he evaded export controls to purchase technology over the Internet to sell to Iran's military has left the country.

Diane Francois, a lawyer for Majid Kakavand, says the 37-year-old engineer left France for Iran on Friday.

He was taken into custody in March 2009 as he arrived in Paris for a vacation, was imprisoned for six months and then released on condition he stay in the French capital.

The United States had been seeking Kakavand's extradition, but a French court rejected the request earlier this week. The US claims he went online to purchase sensitive US electronics and had them shipped to Malaysia, then on to Iranian military entities.

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