On Wednesday, May 22nd, French prosecutors approved the extradition of an Iranian engineer to the United States to face charges of attempting to illegally import U.S. technology for military purposes on behalf of an Iranian company, a judicial source said on Thursday.
The court in Aix-en-Provence, southern France, also rejected a bail request by the Iranian engineer, Jalal Rohollahnejad, 41. Rohallahnejad had been detained since Feb. 2 after being arrested at Nice airport as he got off a plane coming from Tehran via Moscow. He had obtained a French visa for what he claimed to have been 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.
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. According to reports, 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 linked to Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (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.