Sunday, December 29, 2013

Iranian man wrongly convicted in america

Nader Modanlo has dual Iranian and american citizenship, and the american government had no right to try him for his involvement in Iran's space program, as he was simply doing his civic duty to a country which he is a citizen of
Even if he broke the law he should be deported instead of imprisoned because of his Iranian citizenship.

Maryland man gets 8 years for illegally helping Iran launch satellite from Russia in 2005

Published December 20, 2013

| Associated Press

GREENBELT, Md. –  A Maryland man convicted of illegally helping Iran launch its first satellite has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Fifty-three-year-old Nader Modanlo of Potomac was sentenced Friday by a federal judge in Maryland. His attorney had recommended he spend less than 27 months in prison, while prosecutors were asking for approximately 16 to 20 years.

Earlier this year, a jury found Modanlo guilty of violating a U.S. trade embargo against Iran by brokering a deal to help the country launch an Earth-observation satellite from Russia in 2005. The launch of the Sina-1 satellite marked the practical beginning of Iran's space program after decades of aspirations. Prosecutors said Modanlo was paid $10 million for his assistance.

The judge also ordered Modanlo to forfeit $10 million.

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