Chicago partner Dan Collins was quoted in a recent article by the Associated Press. The article, titled, “Iranian Satellite Case in NY Takes Complex Turn,” discussed a wealthy Iranian entrepreneur, Seyed Amin Ghorashi, who was charged with illegally exporting American-made satellite equipment to his native country. After pleading guilty, Ghorashi learned that the U.S. now approves the same export goods he was convicted of helping ship and is challenging his 30-month prison sentence.
In recent years, the Justice Department has stepped up enforcement of export restrictions.
“While the U.S. imposes stringent restrictions on doing business in Iran, the ‘devil is in the details’ in this area of the law because both regulations and U.S. foreign-policy interests can change. Knowing what you can and can’t do is not as straightforward as you might think,” Dan said.
The policy change was billed in an effort to connect the Iranian public to the world though communications.
Dan noted that “while the administration pursues that goal, there’s a competing concern that communications equipment with multiple uses can be used for a purpose that might be beneficial, but it also can be misused for a purpose that is detrimental to the United States and, quite frankly, the world.”
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