Turkish businessman sentenced in US over conspiracy for Iran

WASHINGTON, Owner of the Istanbul-based Ramor Dis Ticaret Ltd. (also known as Ramor Group) was sentenced to 27 months imprisonment “in connection with his conviction for conspiracy to violate US sanctions by exporting specialized marine equipment from the United States to Iran between 2013 to 2015.” The Department of Justice (DOJ) said in a statement Tuesday that Resit Tavan, a Turkish citizen, had pleaded guilty in April to a conspiracy to violate US sanctions on Iran under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act by using his company, the Ramor Group, “to acquire a range of marine related equipment that had been manufactured in Wisconsin by US companies.” These include “high powered outboard engines, marine power generators and power boat propulsion equipment known as surface drives, on behalf of the Iran-based Qeshm Madkandalou Shipbuilding Cooperative (Madkanadalou),” according to the DOJ statement.

“From early 2013 through 2015, Tavan and the Ramor Group had worked in concert with Iranian officials to procure US origin marine equipment and illegally export it to Iran by using the Ramor Group in Turkey to receive the goods and thereafter re-export it to Madkandalou in Iran, in violation of US sanctions,” it noted.

“At no time did anyone involved in these transactions obtain permission from the US Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control or the US Department of Commerce to export any US-origin marine equipment from the United States to Iran,” it stressed.

The statement added that a co-defendant charged in the same indictment, Fulya Kalafatoglu Oguzturk, a Turkish citizen, “remains at large as a fugitive.”

Source: Kuwait News Agency