WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (KUNA) - Three Miami residents pleaded guilty to conspiracy to illegally export prohibited articles to Syria in violation of the US exports control laws, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday.
It said in a statement that Ali Caby, 40, Arash Caby, 43 and Marjan Caby, 34, pleaded guilty of an Indictment charging them with "conspiracy to defraud the United States and to illegally export aviation parts and equipment to Syria in violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA)."
It indicated that the exports were sent to Syrian Arab Airlines, also known as "Syrian Air," which had been designated as a Specially Designated National (SDN) by the US Department of Treasury.
"The defendants were indicted for their alleged participation in a conspiracy to violate the IEEPA by exporting dual-use goods, that is, articles that have both civilian and military application," the statement noted.
According to court documents, Ali ran a Miami export company that was managed by Arash and which shipped and exported various aircraft parts and equipment to Syrian Air. Marjan facilitated these exports by submitting false and misleading electronic export information to federal agencies.
The defendants face a statutory maximum sentence of up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a USD 250,000 fine, the statement indicated and that the "maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress." (end)