Radio frequency modules made in Minnesota turned up in 16 unexploded roadside bombs in Iraq. According to an indictment unsealed Tuesday in Washington, the culprit was an Iran-based ring.
The alleged scheme was revealed in an indictment unsealed Tuesday at US District Court in Washington.
It charged four Singapore citizens and the alleged Iran-based ring-leader, Hossein Larijani, with violating US export control laws, including restrictions against shipments to Iran and the unauthorized transfer of military technology to unapproved countries.
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The alleged operation involved the purchase and shipment of 6,000 radio modules from a company in Minnesota to Singapore, where the technology was illegally re-shipped to Iran, according to the indictment.
The four Singapore citizens were arrested on Monday. The US requested that they be extradited to Washington to stand trial, and Singapore reportedly has agreed to arrange their extradition.
The Iranian, Mr. Larijani, remains at large. Officials say he runs two companies, Paya Electronics Complex, based in Iran, and Opto Electronics Pte, Ltd., based in Singapore.