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Iranian Scientists Accused of Violating US Sanctions

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Iranian Scientists Accused of Violating US Sanctions
7 July, 2019
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Prosecutors in Atlanta have accused Masoud Soleimani, who was coming to the US for visiting scientist position, of violating US sanctions. Photograph: Ric Feld/AP

Washington- Asharq Al-Awsat

An Iranian scientist who was coming to the US for a prestigious visiting scientist position was arrested on arrival.

Prosecutors in Atlanta have accused professor Masoud Soleimani and two of his former students of conspiring and attempting to export biological materials from the U.S. to Iran without authorization in violation of U.S. sanctions.

Defense attorneys for the three argue no authorization was needed because the recombinant proteins are medical materials.

The proteins were seized from one of the scientists at the Atlanta airport as she traveled to Iran in September 2016. Prosecutors got an indictment in June 2018, and Soleimani was arrested in October.

The two former students - Mahboobe Ghaedi and Maryam Jazayeri - live in the US and are free on bond. Soleimani remains in custody.

 
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