A Tel Aviv-based civil rights group accused UK satellite operator Inmarsat plc at the weekend of admitting it provides its technology to Iranian oil tankers.
Shurat Hadin (Israel Law Center) warned Inmarsat last month that the company could risk civil as well as criminal proceedings in US courts if it did not stop supplying its guidance services to Iranian military vessels and tankers.
Rich Harris, Inmarsat's Senior Vice President told Shurat Hadin that the group's allegations had no basis, and that Inmarsat is not violating sanctions. According to Harris, the company was obliged to continue its "public service obligations" to "ensure the continuity of maritime satellite distress and safety communications services" for the UN's Global Maritime Distress and Safety System.
In response, Shurat HaDin director and civil rights activist Nitsana Darshan- Leitner said that Inmarsat could still be in violation of sanctions, despite its UN obligations.