An Iranian man has been jailed for five years in the US after admitting plotting to procure and smuggle arms to Iran, prosecutors say.
Amir Ardebili was seized by undercover US agents overseas in 2007 following a five-year investigation.
In May 2008, he pleaded guilty to arms trafficking, but this was only revealed two weeks ago.
Iran complained to United Nations officials in October about how the US had seized Ardebili.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has likened the case to three US hikers who were detained after crossing the border from Iraq.
A federal prosecutor in the state of Delaware, Assistant Attorney David Hall, said Ardebili had acquired thousands of items, including military aircraft parts, the Associated Press news agency reported.
Mr Hall said Ardebili had been arrested in the Republic of Georgia in October 2007.
The defendant was extradited to the US in January 2008.
When the documents on his case were unsealed this month, US attorney David Weiss said: "For years, the defendant was in the business of acquiring components, many with military applications, for the government of Iran.
"The government's investigation and prosecution has put the defendant out of business and removed this threat to our national security."
Ardebili, also known as Amir Ahkami and Alex Dave, is reported to have said his intentio... >>>
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