Director of Singapore Firm Arraigned on Charges of Illegally Exporting Controlled Aircraft Components to Iran

NEW YORK, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Benton J. Campbell, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Kenneth L. Wainstein, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, Darryl W. Jackson , Assistant Secretary of Commerce...

"We will not waver in our efforts to protect the public from the national security threat posed by those who would profit from the illegal export of U.S. military technology," said United States Attorney Campbell. Mr. Campbell thanked the Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agencies responsible for conducting the government's investigation.

"We have a long memory when it comes to those accused of profiting from the trade of sensitive commercial and weapons technology to state sponsors of terror," said Assistant Attorney General Wainstein. "This prosecution and other recent export cases should serve as warning to others who would jeopardize America's security through illicit transfers of U.S. technology."

"Enforcement of our export controls with respect to Iran remains an important priority of this Administration," said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement Jackson . "Monarch is a significant diverter of aviation components to Iran."

"Transshipment and false labeling schemes like those charged in the indictment have the potential to harm our country," said Assistant Secretary of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Myers. "Today's action shows that U.S. law enforcement will relentlessly pursue those who hide behind an international corporate veneer to smuggle sensitive weapons and commercial technology, and we will bring them to justice."

The government's case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Daniel S. Silver and Cristina M. Posa.

The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice