Man Charged In SoFla With Exporting Aircraft Parts to Syria


A Bulgarian is facing federal charges out of South Florida after authorities say he was conspiring to defraud the U.S. and illegally export aircraft parts and equipment to Syria.

A U.S. Department of Justice news release says 29-year-old Zhelyaz Andreev was working in the Bulgaria office of AW-Tronics, a Miami export company. 

That's when he apparently sold dual-use goods — articles with both civilian and military uses — to the government-owned Syrian Arab Airlines, according to the release.

The release says the U.S. Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control has blocked the airline for transporting weapons and ammunition to Syria in conjunction with Hezbollah, a terrorist organization, and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.


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