French prosecutors on Tuesday urged an appeals court to approve the extradition of an Iranian engineer to the United States after his arrest for violating American sanctions against the Iranian regime, AFP reported.
Jalal Rohollahnejad, 41, was detained at the Nice airport on February 2 after arriving from Tehran via Moscow, having obtained a French visa for professional reasons.
According to court officials, two US judges for the District of Columbia suspect Rohollahnejad was involved in a bid to export sensitive industrial equipment to Iran.
After pulling out of 2015 nuclear deal, Washington re-imposed a wide-ranging trade embargo on the Iranian regime.
The equipment, parts for industrial microwaves and anti-drone systems, was allegedly being transported clandestinely as part of an order destined for the United Arab Emirates.
Officials claim that with modifications, it could be used for making ultra-precise weapons.
Rohollahnejad is suspected to working on behalf of Iranian firm Rayan Roshd Afzar, which is thought to have links to the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).
If convicted for his alleged actions, which took place between June 2016 and April 2018, Rohollahnejad could face up to 60 years behind bars.
The appeals court will issue its ruling on May 22.