Iran news in brief, August 10, 2019
The US State Department has released a report with an updated list of sanctions targeting human rights abusers linked to Iran, adding the regime’s Revolutionary Guards Quds Force and a range of Iranian militias.
As part of ongoing sanctions combating human rights abuses associated with Iran’s regime, the State Department released on Tuesday the updated list of individuals and entities designated under the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 and subsequent executive orders.
An Iranian woman in Minnesota on Friday pleaded guilty to charges that she stole technology from United States-based companies — tech that was then exported to Iran through a fake company in violation of U.S. law and international sanctions on the regime.
Negar Ghodskani and others established a front company in Malaysia to illegally obtain restricted technology from companies in Minnesota and Massachusetts, federal prosecutors said.
Ghodskani was indicted in 2015 in Minnesota and arrested two years later in Australia, becoming the subject of a long extradition fight.
Designated Head of Europe-Iran Trade Entity Resigns
In a new development which may complicate the Iranian regime’s relations with the European signatories of the 2015 nuclear agreement, a former senior German diplomat designated to head a mechanism to facilitate trade with Tehran has resigned.
France, Germany and the United Kingdom set up the Instrument for Trade Exchanges known as INSTEX in January to satisfy the Iranian regime’s demands for a way to bypass U.S. sanctions.
Bernard Erbal was selected to head the body, which has not started functioning yet.
Erbel, who was a German ambassador in Tehran, has resigned apparently for giving interviews to a German-language YouTube channel in which he described the regime’s missile program as legal.
Iranian Student Activist Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison
The regime’s Appeals Court in Tehran Province upheld the conviction of student activist Sina Darvish Omran.
Darvish Omran, a student of German language translation at Tehran University, had been sentenced in June by the regime’s Revolutionary Court to eight years in prison and banned from political activity or participation in political parties, cyberspace, media and press activities.
Reports indicate that the trial of Marzieh Amiri, another student activist and journalist, will also take place next week.
Amiri was among tens activists who were beaten and arrested during the International Labor Day demonstration in front of the Parliament on May 1, 2019.
Branch 6 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court has charged Marzieh with “collusion and propaganda against the regime” and “disturbing public order.”