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A federal grand jury sitting in San Diego has handed up a superseding indictment charging Willy A.E. De Greef and Frederic Roland Nicolas Depelchin, both Belgians, of smuggling aircraft parts to Iran. According to the U.S. attorney's office, the pair falsely promised U.S. suppliers that the parts would not be diverted to Iran.

U.S. law prohibits exportation of goods to that country without express permission of the Treasury. The defendants, who were charged on 15 felony counts, had no such permission.

The original indictment was handed up in March, but was sealed until Friday, May 13, when DeGreef was arrested in London, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Depelchin remains a fugitive, says the government. Two companies were also indicted.

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MURPHYJUNK May 18, 2011 @ 7:41 a.m.

same material ( mostly military avionics) on sale from Isralie ebay sellers and no u.s. export restrictions.

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Don Bauder May 18, 2011 @ 12:20 p.m.

Are you sure there are no export restrictions on the materiel sold on eBay? I would think the same restrictions would be in force. Best, Don Bauder

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