Oil boss on trial over generator
The CEO of an oil and gas company has gone on trial for importing a electric generator from the UK to aid the Iranian nuclear programme.
The Iranian man said he was sending the generator to Myanmar but he is accused of attempting to send it to Iran, according to reports that appeared in both Emarat Al Youm and Al Bayan newspapers.
The Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi heard that the 47-year-old defendant, identified as SM, forged shipping documents for the generator to send it to Aslawia port in Iran instead of Myanmar on October 2014, via Jebel Ali port in Dubai.
The court said that he handed over forged documents to a shipping company to transport the generator to Iran on a ship before the generator was seized in Jebel Ali port.
Prosecutors said that he was trying to send By Ali Al Shouk the generator to Iran despite the sanctions.
It was described as an act that could harm the political ties between the UAE and UK, as he works in a company operating in Dubai.
The accused denied the charges and the trial was adjourned to September 5 to prepare the defence.
However, since Iran’s nuclear programme became public in 2002, the UN, EU and several individual countries have imposed sanctions in an attempt to prevent it from developing military nuclear capability.
In January 2016, a decision was taken to lift sanctions after UN confirmation that Tehran had fulfilled its obligations under last year’s nuclear accord.