U.S. Unseals 2 Indictments Charging Iranian Citizen with Violating U.S. Export Controls and Iran Sanctions as a Related Conspirator Pleads Guilty

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Friday, June 21, 2019
Bruce Zagaris

On June 4, 2019, U.S. law enforcement officials announced that two separate indictments against Peyman Amiri Larijani, 33, a citizen of Iran and former resident of Istanbul, Turkey, have been unsealed. Meanwhile, on June 16, 2019, Joyce Eliabachus, an alleged co-conspirator with Larijani, pleaded guilty in Newark, New Jersey. On April 22, 2015, a 34-count indictment was returned, charging Larijani and a Turkish based company, Kral Havacilik IC VE DIS Ticaret Sirketi (Kral Aviation), with conspiracy to acquire U.S. origin aircraft parts and goods to furnish entities and end-users in Iran, as well as conceal from U.S. companies and the U.S. government that the U.S.-origin goods were destined for Iranian aviation business end users. The indictment also charged Larijani and Kral Aviation with conspiracy to make financial profit for defendants and other conspirators, and to evade the regulations, prohibitions, and licensing requirements of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (ITSR), and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).