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Raleigh company sentenced for doing business with Iran

Posted July 30, 2008
Updated July 31, 2008

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— A research and development company with offices in Raleigh has been sentenced to a $500,000 criminal fine and placed on probation for two years for violating United States law by conducting business with Iran, U.S. Attorney George E.B. Holding said.

Allied Telesis Labs, Inc. (ATL) was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Elizabeth City on Monday.

The company had previously pled guilty to conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. The plea acknowledged that the corporation conspired with another to trade with the Islamic Republican of Iran in violation of the law.

ATL and its related corporate entities conspired to land and execute a $95,000 contract with Iranian Information Technology Company to rebuild and upgrade the telecommunications systems in about 20 Iranian cities, according to a press release from Hoding’s office.

Previously known as Allied Telesyn Network, the company has offices in North Carolina State University's Centennial Campus in Raleigh.

ATL is a subsidiary of Allie Telesis Kabushi Kaisha, a global holding company based in Tokyo. Either directly or through subsidiaries, ATKK engages in the design and manufacture, sale and installation of telecommunication systems.

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  • downtownbrown Jul 30, 2008

    Sure, saber-rattling is obnoxious. But Khrushchev did the same thing in the 1960s and the U.S. still negotiated with him. Kennedy couldn't do anything about the fact that the U.S.S.R. had nukes. He just made sure that they didn't use them. Either the U.S. gets rid of its own nukes or lets Iran develop one. Until one of the two happens, Iran will always come back with the argument that the U.S. is being hypocritical by insisting that it not develop its own while simultaneously invading its neighbors and maintaining the largest nuke arsenal in the world. And, after all, we are the only country to have used a nuclear weapon. Iran has some arguing points that we have been unable to counter effectively.

  • whatelseisnew Jul 30, 2008

    asbrown - It is not that the U S is afraid of Iran; it is more the damage they can inflict primarily because of their location. Go back and look at how many times they saber-rattled and the resulting pop in crude oil prices. Imagine the price spike if they blocked shipping, or did hit Israel with a nuke. That would cause a massive Global economic hit. There is much to be concerned about with the leadership of Iran. That does not equal fear.

  • bpstation14 Jul 30, 2008

    Here is your source:
    Fleeced: How Barack Obama, Media Mockery of Terrorist Threats, Liberals Who Want to Kill Talk Radio, the Do-Nothing Congress, Companies That Help Iran, and Washington Lobbyists for Foreign Governments Are Scamming Us ... and What to Do About It"

    Hardcover book by Dick Morris

  • downtownbrown Jul 30, 2008

    Iran is a weak country with few capabilities. The fact that our government is so afraid of them is laughable. America is scared of Iran, a country that hasn't invaded another since the 18th century. How ridiculous.

  • letsroll65 Jul 30, 2008

    I think the sorce could be googled. It was a speech in 05 or 06. He has said many times he wanted to wipe Isreal and the united states off the face of the earth.Something about we were the great satan.

  • wralfan Jul 30, 2008

    cricket, can you provide a source for Iran's "dictator" stating he wants to chop yours and Yowza's head off.

    A source for him wanting to "wipe Isreal off the face of the earth" would be nice too.

  • wralfan Jul 30, 2008

    Anybody know when they are going fine Halliburton and its subsidiaries for doing business with Iran?

  • garnertoy Jul 30, 2008

    get rid of them indeed

  • Cricket at the lake Jul 30, 2008

    Yowza, Oh yes, let's help the wonderful Iranian dictator rebuild his telecommunications base. He is such a nice man and just because he wants to wipe Israel off the face of the earth and chop yours and my head off, big deal. He is really just a misunderstood man that needs some gentle talking to.
    Why is that company even in the United States, so they can spy on us? Get rid of them.

  • Yowza Jul 30, 2008

    Yes, President Bush! We are really sticking it to the Iranians by denying the U.S. service sector access to the Iranian market. I hope that this creative, competitive, highly-skilled, and internationally sought after company located here on NC State's campus is punished for its insubordination!