A federal judge in Florida has ordered two
American businessmen to remain in jail to face charges of illegally shipping
military aircraft parts to Iran. In Miami, VOA's Brian Wagner reports the two
are accused of violating a U.S. ban on military exports.
The judge in Miami agreed to continue holding the two men who were detained in separate operations in south Florida last week. He also set an arraignment hearing for July 8.
The men are Iranian-born Hassan Keshari, who runs a California-based company that sells aviation equipment, and Romanian-born Traian Bujduveanu, who sells aircraft parts near Miami. Authorities say they searched Bujduveanu's company and found hundreds of parts for various military aircraft.
The two are accused of buying U.S.-made parts and shipping them to a firm in Dubai, where they were transferred to buyers in Iran. Prosecutors say neither man had a license to sell Iran the equipment, which included parts for two military helicopters, and the F-14 Tomcat fighter jet.
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