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Islamic Republic Of Iran Busted For Spying In California Amid Freedom Movement And Sanctions

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Monday the Department of Justice released a statement titled, “Two Individual,s Charged For Acting as Illegal Agents of the Government of Iran”.

According to the statement:

“An indictment was returned today charging Ahmadreza Mohammadi-Doostdar, 38, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen, and Majid Ghorbani, 59, an Iranian citizen and resident of California, with allegedly acting on behalf of the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran by conducting covert surveillance of Israeli and Jewish facilities in the United States, and collecting identifying information about American citizens and U.S. nationals who are members of the group Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK). (Anti-Khomeini Groups)

The charges were announced by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers, U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu for the District of Columbia, and Acting Executive Assistant Director Michael McGarrity of the FBI’s National Security Branch.”

The National Security Division is committed to protecting the United States from individuals within our country who unlawfully act on behalf of hostile foreign nations,” said Assistant Attorney General Demers.  “Doostdar and Ghorbani are alleged to have acted on behalf of Iran, including by conducting surveillance of political opponents and engaging in other activities that could put Americans at risk.  With their arrest and these charges, we are seeking to hold the defendants accountable.”

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Great Citizen Investigation:

FREEDOM MOVEMENT IN IRAN

SANCTIONS ON MULLAHS

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VIDEO-Populist Uprising In Iran-Trump Allies Say End Is Near For Obama’s Iran Leaders

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Tuesday, pundits were on Social Media reporting the overlooked story of protests and uprisings in Iran.

“Let’s come together & rebuild our country. Don’t be scared when we’re together, no power, domestic or Intl can match us. we are . A brave Iranian woman removed her in the streets of , & calls everyone to protest against the Islamic Regime,” posted an Iranian reporter.

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THE PEOPLE WANT FREEDOM

UPRISING

According to her Twitter account, Maryam Rajavi is the National Council of Resistance of Iran President-elect, and the leading voice on women’s empowerment and tolerance.

According to Rajavi’s news site in a post titled, “Trump allies Giuliani, Gingrich tell Paris rally end is near for Iran’s rulers”

“US President Donald Trump allies Rudy Giuliani and Newt Gingrich on Saturday urged “regime change” in Iran, saying the prospect was closer than ever after the Islamic Republic was hit by a new wave of strikes and protests.

Former House speaker Gingrich and ex-New York mayor Giuliani told the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), an umbrella bloc of groups of exiled Iranians opposed to the Islamic Republic, that Trump needed to turn up the heat on European countries still seeking to do business with Tehran in spite of renewed US sanctions.

“The only way to safety in the region is to replace the dictatorship with a democracy, and that has to be our goal,” Gingrich told the Free Iran rally, organised by exiled opponents including the former rebel group the People’s Mujahideen, which is banned in Iran,” they reported.

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PROTESTS NOT REPORTED IN MAINSTREAM NEWS

WHITE HOUSE SAYS

CLEANING UP OBAMA’S DISASTER

“I support the Iranian’s people resistance, and I stand behind President Trump’s backing and encouragement.  I believe it is time for the United States to step forward with material support.  For every dollar Obama gave to the Brutal dictatorship, we now owe to the Iranian people who are trying desperately to restore freedom to themselves,” Rep. Tom McClintock said.

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New York victory: Man Guilty of Evading “Clintonian” Sanctions, made Billions for Iran

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Wednesday, the prosecution of a prestigious foreign banker, found guilty of invading US sanctions on Iran has further strained relations between US and Turkey.

“If Atilla is going to be declared a criminal, that would be almost equivalent to declaring the Republic of Turkey a criminal,” Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey said.

“Mehmet Hakan Atilla, the former deputy chief executive of Halkbank, is definitely innocent,”  Erdoğan said.

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Turkish Banker Sentenced to 32 Months for Conspiring to Violate U.S. Sanctions Against Iran and Other Offenses

HMMMMmmm…

They asked for 20 years.. what happened? 

Full Press Release from the US Department of Justice:

Mehmet Hakan Atilla, 47, a resident and citizen of Turkey, was sentenced today to 32 months for his participation in a scheme to violate U.S. economic sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic of Iran involving billions of dollars’ worth of Iranian oil proceeds held at Atilla’s employer (Turkish Bank-1).

On Jan. 3, after a five-week jury trial, Atilla was convicted of conspiring with others to use the U.S. financial system to conduct transactions on behalf of the government of Iran and other Iranian entities, which were barred by U.S. sanctions, and to defraud U.S. financial institutions by concealing these transactions’ true nature.

Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers and U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman for the Southern District of New York made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman.

According to the evidence introduced at trial, other proceedings in this case, and documents previously filed in Manhattan federal court:

Beginning in or about 1979, the president, pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), has repeatedly found that the actions and policies of the government of Iran constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States and has declared a national emergency to deal with the threat.  In accordance with these presidential declarations, the United States has instituted a host of economic sanctions against Iran and Iranian entities.  This sanctions regime, among other things, prohibits financial transactions involving the United States or U.S. persons that were intended directly or indirectly for the government of Iran or Iranian entities.  Other U.S. sanctions in effect during this case’s relevant time period also required foreign financial institutions to restrict the use of Iranian oil proceeds, if those foreign banks wished to continue to do business with the U.S. financial system.

Atilla and others conspired to provide access to restricted oil revenues through international financial networks, including U.S. financial institutions, to the government of Iran, Iranian entities, and entities identified by the Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control as Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs).  They did so by, among other things, using Turkish Bank-1, at which Atilla served as Deputy General Manager of International Banking, to engage in transactions involving billions of dollars’ worth of petroleum revenues held by the Central Bank of Iran and the National Iranian Oil Company.  In particular, they facilitated and protected Turkish Bank-1 customer, international gold trader Reza Zarrab’s, ability to supply currency and gold to, and facilitate international financial transactions for, the Government of Iran, Iranian entities, and SDNs using Turkish Bank-1.  Many of those financial transactions involved unwitting U.S. financial institutions, in violation of U.S. sanctions against Iran.  The elaborate scheme established by Atilla and others also shielded Turkish Bank-1 from U.S. sanctions.

Atilla in particular lied to and deceived U.S. Treasury officials about Turkish Bank-1’s activities and its purported compliance efforts in order to avoid subjecting the bank to U.S. sanctions.  Additionally, Atilla, Zarrab and others conspired to create and use false and fraudulent documents to disguise prohibited transactions for Iran and make those transactions falsely appear as transactions involving food, thus falling within humanitarian exceptions to the sanctions regime.  As a result of this scheme, Atilla and his co-conspirators induced U.S. banks unknowingly to process international financial transactions in violation of the IEEPA, and to launder through the U.S. financial system funds promoting the scheme.

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Mr. Berman praised the outstanding investigative work of the FBI and its New York Field Office, Counterintelligence Division, and the Department of Justice’s National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael D. Lockard, Sidhardha Kamaraju and David W. Denton Jr. of the Southern District of New York are in charge of the prosecution, with assistance from Deputy Chief Elizabeth Cannon and Trial Attorney David Recker of the National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section.

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