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unhappycamper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 04:20 AM
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Night-goggle smuggler gets 5-year sentence
Night-goggle smuggler gets 5-year sentence
By Curt Anderson - The Associated Press
Posted : Friday Mar 6, 2009 12:44:01 EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. An Iranian woman who surrendered to U.S. authorities hoping to get probation was instead sentenced Friday to more than five years in federal prison for her role in a scheme to smuggle military night-vision goggles to Iran.

U.S. District Judge James I. Cohn imposed the sentence on 31-year-old Shahrazad Mir Gholikhan, a mother of twin daughters who insisted during her trial in December that she was innocent. She has already spent more than a year behind bars, which will count toward her sentence of five years and three months.

Gholikhan previously said she would appeal.

With an indictment hanging over her head, Gholikhan came to the U.S. voluntarily in late 2007 to plead guilty in a deal she expected would allow her to quickly return home. But her plea deal collapsed because of an error in the estimated sentence leaving her with a likely two years in prison so Gholikhan decided to go to trial, choosing to act as her own attorney.

Gholikhan was convicted Dec. 18 of illegally trying to broker a deal involving 3,500 pairs of sophisticated Generation III night goggles used exclusively by U.S. special forces and the Israeli military and of attempting to violate the U.S. embargo against Iran. Her ex-husband, Mahmoud Seif, was also charged in the case, but he is a fugitive living in Iran, prosecutors said.

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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 04:22 AM
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1. I thought it said "night googlers"
They caught some click trade scammers or something...

I obviously need to go to bed.


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