Iranian Sentenced in Aircraft Smuggling Case from Mobile

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - An Iranian businessman accused of trying to illegally acquire and export military aircraft parts from the United States to Iran has been sentenced to two years in jail.

The Press-Register newspaper reports that 29-year-old Omid Khalili, who pleaded guilty in June, was sentenced Friday in federal court.

Khalili will get credit for a year already served.

He will likely be deported after completing his sentence.

Authorities say Khalili contacted an undercover agent in November 2009 seeking replacement parts for military aircraft.

Prosecutors say the two agreed on a plan to ship the equipment from the Port of Mobile to a third country.

Prosecutors say the agent set up a meeting with Khalili in another country.

U.S. officers arrested him when he arrived in Miami for a follow-up meeting last March.

Information from: Press-Register,

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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