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UK man jailed for selling fighter parts to Iran

23 November 2018

A British man has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for smuggling fighter aircraft parts to Iran.

Alexander George was sentenced in the Old Bailey, London, on 22 November after being found guilty of shipping parts to Tehran for Russian-built MiG and US-built McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom aircraft. Two co-defendants had previously received suspended jail sentences for their involvement.

According to HM Revenue and Customs, which investigated the case, George bypassed UK sanctions on selling military and dual-use equipment to Iran by shipping the parts via businesses he owned in Dubai and Malaysia. The parts were exported between February 2010 and March 2016.

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