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04/15/10

France rejects US extradition bid for Iranian engineer

Source: Press TV

Majid Kakavand
French prosecutors have rejected a US request to extradite an Iranian engineer accused by US authorities of illegally exporting military technology to Iran.

During a court hearing in Paris, the prosecutors explained the French arms agency DGA had concluded that the electronics components purchased by Majid Kakavand could not be considered as potentially dangerous, dual-use technology that could be modified for military applications.

"The allegations by US authorities were not punishable in France at that time," the lead prosecutor told the hearing attended by US justice officials.

US authorities had accused Kakavand of violating export laws by purchasing measuring instruments and relevant components from US companies through a Malaysian firm and then exporting them to Iran.

The 37-year-old Kakavand was arrested at a Paris airport on March 20 of last year. French prosecutors at the time were adamant in their demands that the defendant be extradited to the US.

Iran renews call for release of captives

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has renewed calls for the release of Iranian nationals, including a senior broadcast journalist detained in Italy.

Italy arrested two Iranians in March accusing them of involvement in arms exports to Iran in violation of Western sanctions against Iran.

Officials in Tehran insist the accusations, which are directed at the Islamic Republic, are unfounded and unacceptable.

In a Wednesday telephone conversation with Ali Damirchilou, one of the detainees, Mottaki said that Iran expected Italy to release both captive Iranians immediately.

"We have called on the Italian government not to get involved in this defeated game and immediately release the Iranian nationals."

Mottaki said that Iran would use all "legal, consular and political" means at its disposal to secure the release of Damirchilou and Hamid Masouminejad, a senior correspondent for Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) in Rome.

Some analysts have described the arrest of the senior Iranian journalist in the arms smuggling case as some sort of a political leverage to exert pressure on Iran over its nuclear program.

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