Woman convicted of violating Iran embargo


WASHINGTON (JTA) — An Iranian woman was convicted of trying to obtain U.S.-made night vision goggles for Iran’s military and police.

A federal jury in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Thursday found Shahrazad Mir Gholikhan guiltly of trying to broker a deal to export 3,500 pairs of the Generation III goggles and of violating the U.S. embargo on Iran, reported the Associated Press. The goggles are made mainly for U.S. special forces and the Israeli military and cannot be legally exported without a special State Department license.

Gholikhan, who said she would appeal the verdict, argued that her husband, Mahmoud Seif, was in charge of the operation and had "used and abused" her. Seif was arrested in Austria with Gholikhan in 2004 and detained, but he eventually returned to Iran and remains there.

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