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October 29, 2008 

Justice Department Announces First Year Results of National Export Enforcement Initiative

The Justice Department issued a press release yesterday announcing that multi-agency National Export Enforcement Initiative to combat illegal exports of restricted military and dual-use technology from the U.S. has resulted in criminal charges against more than 145 defendants in fiscal year 2008. Approximately 43% of the criminal cases involved munitions or other restricted technology bound for Iran or China.

The Justice Department also issued a fact sheet describing some of the major U.S. Export enforcement prosecutions during the past two years. In addition to describing some past cases, the fact sheet provided information on the Justice Department's most recent export controls indictment, in which the U.S. Attorney in Minnesota charged three individuals with conspiring to illegally export to the China controlled carbon-fiber material. According to the indictment, the intended destination for some of the materials was the China Academy of Space Technology, which oversees research institutes working on spacecraft systems for the PRC government. The U.S. Attorney's press release containing further details on this case can be found here.

Unveiled in October 2007, the National Export Enforcement Initiative is a cooperative effort by the Justice Department’s National Security Division, the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security, the Pentagon’s Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control and other agencies.

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