Taiwanese deported from US in Iran missile case

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Posted: Oct 20, 2011 11:45 AM
Taiwanese deported from US in Iran missile case

A Taiwanese man has been deported from the U.S. after serving prison time for illegally arranging shipments of parts to Iran that can have nuclear and military uses.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say Yi-Lan "Kevin" Chen arrived in Taipei, Taiwan, on Wednesday. Chen spent almost two years in federal prison following his February 2010 arrest.

Investigators say since 2007 Chen had put together at least 30 banned shipments to Iran. The parts included electrical connectors, detonators, small engines and seals that can be used for missiles and unmanned drones. Iran could also use some parts in its nuclear program.

Court records show Chen falsely labeled the shipments as bound for Taiwan or Hong Kong. Chen pleaded guilty in May 2010 to conspiring to export banned items to Iran.