Americans Charged With Smuggling Prohibited Goods to Syria

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Eleven associates of a Florida export company have been charged with smuggling prohibited aircraft parts and equipment to Syria in violation of the United States’ trade embargo.

Ali Caby, 40, a U.S. permanent resident currently living in Bulgaria; Arash Caby, 43, of Miami, Florida; and Marjan Caby, 34, of Miami, Florida, were arrested and charged with exporting banned items to Syria.

The suspects were indicted for allegedly participating in a conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), the Export Administration Regulations, and the Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations by exporting goods that have both civilian and military applications.

The dual-use goods were exported to the Syrian government’s airline, Syrian Arab Airlines, which is designated and blocked by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control for transporting weapons and ammunition to Syria in alliance with terrorist organizations Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. Syrian Arab Airlines was also charged in the indictment.

The defendants face multiple charges, including conspiracy to violate the IEEPA and to defraud the U.S. government, smuggling goods from the U.S. in violation of the Syrian embargo, submitting false statements, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Court documents reveal that Ali Caby ran the Bulgaria office of AW-Tronics, a Miami, Florida, export company managed by Arash Caby which shipped and exported aircraft parts and equipment to Syrian Arab Airlines. AW-Tronics’ export compliance officer and auditor, Marjan Caby submitted false and misleading electronic export information to federal agencies.

Employees of AW-Tronics were closely supervised and encouraged by the defendants to export the prohibited goods to the Syrian airline which has been instrumental in the Syrian government’s violent oppression of its people.

Additional foreign nationals indicted in the scheme were Adib Zeno, Rizk Ali, Ammar Al Mounajed, Zhelyaz Andreev, Mihaela Nenova, Lyubka Hristova, Iskren Georgiev and Ivan Sergiev.

H/T: The United States Department of Justice

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