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Individuals Receiving Pardons/Commutations


U.S. President Barack Obama offered clemency to seven Iranians who have either been charged or convicted for violating U.S. trade sanctions against Iran.

The Obama administration also agreed to drop charges against 14 other Iranians outside the country. None of them are in U.S. custody, and officials have determined that efforts to have them extradited will not succeed.

The seven who were given clemency are listed below.

Khosrow Afghahi - One count of conspiracy to violate the Iranian embargo and the Export Administration Regulation (EAR), one count of violating the Iranian embargo, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and one count of money laundering.

Tooraj Faridi – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 - One count of conspiracy to violate the Iranian embargo and seven counts of violating the Iranian embargo.

Source: Department of Justice

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