US: Belgian man arrested over violation of Iran arms embargo

September 3, 2009 00:26


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US federal agents have arrested a Belgian man on charges he sought to buy fighter jet engines for Iran. Authorities say Jacques Monsieur, a citizen of Belgium and a resident of France, was arrested Friday in New York on charges he conspired with an Iranian, Dara Fotouhi, to buy F-5 fighter jet engines and parts. The US Justice Department described the pair as experienced arms dealers who have been working with the Iranian government to obtain military items. Under terms of the US trade embargo with Iran, such items may not be exported there without express permission from the US government. Authorities said Monsieur contacted an undercover agent offering hundreds of thousands of dollars for the fighter jet engines.

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