Accused in the United States of illegally exporting machinery to Iran in 2016 to manufacture nuclear weapons, Montreal businessman Reza Sarhangpur Kfarani maintains his innocence.
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No evidence… No documents [qui prouvent] “I made a deal with Iran,” Reza Sarhangpour Kfarani said in an interview. Newspaper.
According to him, he did nothing wrong because he only resold items that did not suit his needs.
“This substance in particular is very common in lab tests,” he explains. He said the mass spectrometers purchased in the United States in the fall of 2016 are used to test metal concentrations in water and food.
However, the US government accuses him of sending controlled equipment to Iran, without the necessary permits, where it could also be used to determine the level of uranium enrichment.
I will sue the government later, I did nothing wrong. All this, these statements, are nonsense,” says Mr. Kafrany.
According to the prosecution, Mr. Kafrany and his partner purchased and received the equipment before it was sent to the United Arab Emirates and before other partners transferred it to Iran.
Remember, Mr. Kafrany has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial. He says he has not contacted his alleged partner, Syed Reza Mirnezmi, for five years.
When asked about the very close dates between receiving the equipment and shipping it to the UAE, Mr. Caffrani explained that “after assembling it, [les équipements] not correct. I sold it to a company in the Emirates.”
The special agent who interviewed him during his arrest asked him why he did not simply send them back to the United States when he realized they were unsuitable. Mr. Kafrany replied: “Used equipment is not refundable.” He paid about $110,000 USD for this equipment.
In a phone interview on Wednesday, Mr. Kafrany questioned the figures presented by trustee MNP in the context of the bankruptcy of his company, Avi-Life Lab. Guardian documents show that she has approximately $4.3 million in debt.
Radio silence from the authorities
The Sûreté du Québec, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have not, in recent days, been willing to disclose whether an investigation has been opened into Mr. Caffrani.
An official at Global Affairs Canada indicated that the ministry was aware of information circulating about the arrest of Mr. Kafrany.
Consular officials are prepared to provide consular assistance and collect additional information. “For reasons of confidentiality, no further information can be disclosed,” State Department spokesman Jason Kong said.
Mr. Kafrany is expected to return to court within two months.
Reda Sarangpour Kafrani Briefly
- Born in Iran
- In 2014 he arrived in Montreal
- In 2016, he founded his company Avi-Life Lab
- In 2016, he purchased the targeted laboratory equipment with the suit
- In early July 2021, he was arrested at the US border
Must be able to continue his studies at McGill
Reza Sarhanpour Kfarani has been placed under house arrest in the United States, and will be able to pursue a Ph.D. at McGill University pending his trial.
Kafrany’s lawyer on Thursday asked the court to approve certain changes to his client’s detention conditions.
Among those, the accused wanted to be able to use a laptop to access his McGill email inbox as well as university-related websites.
Under the supervision of his thesis supervisor, Hosahalli S. Ramaswamy, Professor in the Department of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry at McGill University, he will likely be able to continue his studies.
The court accepted these various requests.
Al-Kafrani explained, in an interview on Wednesday with Newspaper, that if he had not been arrested, he would have defended his thesis in September.
In August, Professor Ramaswamy wrote a letter to US Justice to confirm that Reza Sarhanpour Kvarani had indeed been a doctoral student since 2017.
According to this letter, Mr. Kafrany is interested in food allergies, in particular “the detection and quantification of allergens using advanced analytical equipment”.
In recent days, McGill has chosen to remain silent on the case of Mr. Kfarani, who has pleaded not guilty to charges of illegally exporting equipment to Iran.
The university did not say whether an internal investigation had been opened or whether he was still a student.
“The University is not legally authorized to share information of a personal nature,” said in an email sent to magazine McGill spokeswoman Cynthia Lee.
According to documents filed in court, the man who has lived in Montreal with his family since 2014 earned nine credits out of the 90 points necessary to complete his Ph.D. last summer.
He also founded two companies in recent years, including Avi-Life Lab, which is now bankrupt.
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