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United States Releases Iranian Hacker As Part Of Prisoner Swap

Quite interesting move from United States as they has released 4 Iranian nationals and meanwhile they has also agreed to decrease the sentences of 3 others in exchange for the release of 5 Americans  held by Iran as part of a prisoner swap or Prisoner Exchange Program.

Iran is releasing Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, Former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati,  Matthew Trevithickv(Student), Christian pastor Saeed Abedini ,Pastor Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari.

Below is a list of the seven defendants who either received pardons or commutations.

  • Khosrow Afghahi – Southern District of Texas (Pardon)

Offenses: One count of conspiracy to violate the Iranian embargo and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), one count of violating the Iranian embargo, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and one count of money laundering.

  • Tooraj Faridi – Southern District of Texas (Pardon)

Offenses: One count of conspiracy to violate the Iranian embargo and the EAR, two counts of violating the Iranian embargo and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

  • Bahram Mechanic – Southern District of Texas (Pardon)

Offenses: One count of conspiracy to violate the Iranian embargo and the EAR, six counts of violating the Iranian embargo and the EAR, five counts of violating the Iranian embargo, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, eight counts money laundering and one count of failure to file Reports of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBARs).

  • Nima Golestaneh – District of Vermont (Pardon)

Offenses: Four counts of wire fraud, one count each of conspiracy to access a computer without authorization and accessing a computer without authorization.

  • Nader Modanlo, aka Modanlu and Modanlou – District of Maryland (Commutation)
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Offenses: One count of conspiracy to violate the Iranian embargo, two counts of violating the Iranian embargo, one count each of money laundering and obstruction of bankruptcy proceedings.

  • Arash Ghahreman – Southern District of California (Commutation)

Offenses: One count of conspiracy to violate the Iranian embargo, one count of conspiracy to smuggle goods from the United States, one count of attempting to violate the Iranian embargo, one count of smuggling, one count of conspiracy to money launder and two counts of money laundering.

  • Ali Saboonchi – District of Maryland (Commutation)

Offenses: One count of conspiracy to violate the Iranian embargo and seven counts of violating the Iranian embargo.