Closing arguments expected in US trial over Iran satellite
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Closing arguments expected in US trial over Iran satellite

Iranian-American man allegedly helped the Islamic Republic launch a satellite from Russia, in violation of US sanctions

The launching of the Safir, or Ambassador, satellite carrier, which carries Iran's Rasad, or Observation, satellite into earth orbit, in an undisclosed location in 2011. (photo credit: AP/Iranian Defense Ministry, Vahid Reza Alaei)
The launching of the Safir, or Ambassador, satellite carrier, which carries Iran's Rasad, or Observation, satellite into earth orbit, in an undisclosed location in 2011. (photo credit: AP/Iranian Defense Ministry, Vahid Reza Alaei)

GREENBELT, Maryland (AP) — Closing arguments are expected Wednesday in the trial of an Iranian-American man living in Maryland who allegedly helped Iran launch a satellite from Russia, a violation of a trade embargo the United States has against the Islamic Republic.

Nader Modanlo’s trial began in late April in federal court in Maryland.

Prosecutors say Modanlo brokered an agreement between the Russian government and Iran that resulted in the 2005 launch from Russia of an Iranian satellite, the country’s first.

But a defense attorney for Modanlo have said the allegations are baseless and have been a nightmare for a man who came to the United States to study and stayed to pursue the American dream.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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