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Two Men Indicted by DOJ for Allegedly Selling Electronics to Iranian Terror Group

Two men were indicted by the Department of Justice on charges that they allegedly acquired microelectronics with the intention of utilizing them in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) assaults for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

Hossein Hatefi Ardakani, an Iranian national, and Gary Lam, who was identified as Lin Jinghe by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, were both charged with the offense.

Lam was reportedly an employee of a Chinese firm. The DOJ asserted that the microelectronics were designated for use in the one-way attack UAV program of the IRGC Aerospace Force Self Sufficiency Jihad Organization (ASF SSJO).

High electron mobility transistors (HEMTs), monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) power amplifiers, and analog-to-digital converters were among the microelectronics.

The IRGC, which functions as the military apparatus of the despotic Iranian theocratic government, is notorious for its brutality and repression.

In 2019, the U.S. State Department designated it as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO). Since its inception by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in May 1979, subsequent to the Islamic Revolution, the IRGC has subjected Iranian citizens who engage in opposition to the government to severe acts of brutality.

In 2019, the United States labeled the IRGC a terrorist organization, marking the initial instance in which it had classified the military branch of an international nation in such a manner.

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