Two Iranians with British nationality face up to 20 years in jail if convicted of illegally exporting parts which could have been used in roadside bombs, the US Department of Defence said.
Isaac Gill and Ali Akbar Yayha are charged with buying and then illegally exporting goods which could be "used to further the military or nuclear potential of other nations".
The men, Iranian nationals and naturalised British citizens, were part of "a lethal international ring seeking to harm American and allied forces as well as innocent civilians", US authorities said.The parts, which were exported to Iran, could have been used in roadside bombs, which have killed more than 4,500 UK and US soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq.
See Prior Post; Thursday, September 18, 2008, IRAQ ROADSIDE BOMB PARTS CAME FROM MIAMI AND WERE SHIPPED TO DUBAI AND THEN INTO IRAN
The Port of Dubai UAE is the clearing house for numerous products (ie Stolen Cars) that go to the aid and support of international terrroism, see following; Sunday, August 24, 2008, FOLLOW THE MONEY AND THE STOLEN CARS, AL-QAEDA MASTERS TERRORISM ON THE CHEAP.
Saturday, May 03, 2008, SUNNI & SHIITE USED CAR DEALERS LINKED TO THE SUPPORT OF TERRORISM, UPDATED JUNE 14TH 2008.
The goods included more than 5,000 integrated circuits, about 345 GPS systems and 12,000 microchips. In an indictment filed at the US district court in the Southern District of Florida the two men, and six others, were charged with purchasing and causing the export of US goods to Iran through middle countries, including England, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Germany, and Singapore.
Julie Myers, homeland security assistant secretary for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, said: "The national security implications of this case cannot be underestimated. "The export of dual use technology is controlled for good reason. In the wrong hands, these items could be used to harm our soldiers, our homeland, and our allies."
Mario Mancuso, under secretary of commerce for industry and security, said: "This extensive, effective government effort has broken up a lethal international ring seeking to harm American and allied forces as well as innocent civilians by acquiring sensitive US technology capable of producing improvised explosive devices (IED) similar to those being used in Iraq and Afghanistan."
The 13-count indictment was returned by a federal grand jury in Miami, Florida, on September 11. No date has been set for the defendants to return to court.