US charges man with seeking to buy missiles for Iran

October 25, 2013 21:20

NEW YORK - US prosecutors brought criminal charges on Friday against a man they said tried to acquire surface-to-air missiles that he planned to smuggle into Iran in a threat to US national security.

Reza Olangian, a dual citizen of the United States and Iran, was charged with four counts, including trying to acquire and transfer anti-aircraft missiles, violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, and two conspiracy counts.

The defendant was arrested at an airport in Tallinn, Estonia, on Oct. 10, 2012, and extradited to the United States on March 26, 2013, according to U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in New York, who announced the charges.

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