AP Source: Iranian charged in smuggling case

AP News
Posted: Dec 02, 2009 10:33 AM

Federal authorities are set to announce charges against an Iranian man accused of plotting to violate the ban against shipping sensitive military technology to Iran.

A law enforcement official says Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials and federal prosecutors in Wilmington, Del. are due to announce the charges against Amir Ardebili. The official is not authorized to discuss the case and spoke only on condition of anonymity.

Ardebili has already been the subject of tense back-and-forth, after the Iranians complained this year of his earlier arrest in the Caucasus nation of Georgia. The Iranians have argued to United Nations officials that Ardebili and a handful of others have been improperly seized through U.S. efforts.