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Surrey businessman 'illegally exported parts to Iran'

A businessman tried to export electrical parts to Iran despite being denied a licence, a court has heard.

Dr Karim Pouladian-Kari, 45, from Guildford in Surrey, is accused of knowingly attempting to export the electrical switchgear parts in 2009.

Prosecutors at the Old Bailey said he had been denied a licence because of the risk the parts could be used to make weapons.

Dr Pouladian-Kari has denied the parts could be used for military purposes.

The court heard Dr Pouladian-Kari ran a company called GTC Associates, which exported parts to Iran Tablo Co (ITC) on 2 September 2009.

The goods were passed for export at the Port of Dover in Kent because computer systems were down for maintenance on that day.

'Protect human life'

Dr Pouladian-Kari was later told that a licence had been denied for the shipment, although it had already left the country.

The jury heard he then attempted to export another batch of components to ITC, some of which were the same types as in the original order.

The later shipment that the company attempted to make, over which the defendant is facing trial, was stopped at Dover on 24 November 2009.

David Green QC, prosecuting, told the jury the licence for the original shipment was denied because of the risk the parts could be used to make weapons.

Dr Pouladian-Kari said the parts would instead be used to protect human life against electrical faults such as short circuits, the jury heard.

He denies one count of being knowingly concerned in the attempted exportation of goods subject to a prohibition or restriction.

The trial continues.

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