The Iranian man extradited by Cyprus to the U.S. on suspicion of violating United Nations sanctions on Iran had tried to purchase F4 and F5 plane parts in the U.S. and send them illegally to Iran, Xinhua reported, citing reports in two Cypriot newspapers on Saturday.
The extradition of the man has caused diplomatic tension, with Iran recalling its ambassador in Nicosia for consultations and the Cypriot government protesting that it did nothing more than implementing a court decision.
The Iranian, named as Saeid Mohabat, 45 years old, was arrested after his arrival at Larnaca airport on Oct. 27, 2012, on a tip-off by Interpol.
Alithia (Truth) newspaper, quoting from a 27-page decision issued on Feb. 15 by a court in Larnaca, said Mohabat was accused by American authorities of trying to purchase and send to Iran two pilot static tubes which measure air speed and help stabilize military planes.
He faced in the U.S. a total of four charges of illegal procurement and delivery to Iran of prohibited military equipment in violation of sanctions imposed on Iran by the U.N. Security Council.