TORONTO – July 29, 2010 – Mahmoud Yadegari, 37, was sentenced today in the Ontario Court of Justice to 20 months in jail in addition to 15½ months of pre-sentence custody, for attempting to export nuclear-related dual-use items without first obtaining the required permits. Because the Court granted double credit for pre-sentence custody, this amounts to a four-year, three-month sentence. The Crown was seeking a total sentence of six and a half years.
On July 6, 2010, he was found guilty of nine charges, including offences under the Customs Act, the United Nations Act, the Export and Import Permits Act, the Nuclear Safety and Control Act and the Criminal Code. He was acquitted of one count of forgery.
On March 4, 2009, Mahmoud Yadegari attempted to export controlled material to Iran. The goods, known as pressure transducers, are subject to a United Nations embargo on nuclear-related exports to Iran. They are also on Canada’s Export Control List, established pursuant to the Export and Import Permits Act. He has been in custody since his arrest.
The parties have 30 days to decide whether they will seek to appeal this sentence. For the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, the decision to appeal is guided by policy outlined in the FPS Deskbook, which is a public document.
The PPSC is responsible for prosecuting offences under federal jurisdiction in a manner that is free of any improper influence and that respects the public interest. The PPSC is also responsible for providing prosecution-related advice to law enforcement agencies across Canada.