Canadian-Iranian sentenced to prison for sanctions violations

A Canadian-Iranian man was sentenced Friday to 32 months in prison. (Shutterstock)
Updated 16 December 2017
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Canadian-Iranian sentenced to prison for sanctions violations

WASHINGTON: A Canadian-Iranian man was sentenced Friday to 32 months in prison for violating US sanctions against Iran.
Between 2014 and 2016, Ali Soofi, 63, “conspired to export military items from the United States to Iran, both directly and through transshipment to intermediary countries, without a license,” according to prosecutors.
Soofi “sought to purchase and ship numerous items, including helicopters, high-tech machine gun parts, tank parts, and military vehicles, from the United States to Iran, all without a license and while knowing that such shipments were illegal under US law,” a statement from the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York added.
He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate US sanctions against Iran, and was sentenced to 32 months in prison plus one year of supervised release.
Washington has implemented a series of economic sanctions against Tehran and its elite Revolutionary Guards Corps forces.
In November, the US sanctioned a network of individuals and companies accused of forging money to help the Revolutionary Guards.


Canadian leaders condemn arson at mosque

Edson mosque
Updated 19 June 2018
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Canadian leaders condemn arson at mosque

OTTAWA: Canadian leaders on Monday condemned a “brazen” act of arson at an Alberta mosque as Muslims around the world celebrated the end of Ramadan.
The mosque in the town of Edson was set ablaze Saturday night, blackening the entrance to the building but otherwise causing no injuries and little damage.
“All of Canada stands together with the community against this brazen act, which is under investigation. Everyone has the right to practice their faith without fear,” Canada’s Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said on Twitter.
Surveillance footage showed a person in a dark hoodie carrying a jerrycan fleeing the mosque at about 11 p.m. local time Saturday (0300 GMT Sunday).
The 30-year-old mosque serves as a place of worship for 15 families in Edson, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) west of Edmonton.
Alberta’s social democratic Premier Rachel Notley called the arson an “affront to all Albertans” and she renewed her government’s commitment to “fighting racism in all its forms.”
The province’s Conservative leader Jason Kenney called it “an attack on freedom” while vowing solidarity “with our Muslim neighbors against such acts of hatred.”