Kenneth Rijock

Kenneth Rijock

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

ALI SADR TESTIFIES IN HIS IRAN SANCTIONS AND MONEY LAUNDERING CASE

Reports from the trial yesterday have confirmed that Ali Sadr Hasheminejad took the stand, to testify in his defense in the pending money laundering and Iran sanctions case. He testified that he was not a supporter of the regime, that he was detained and tortured while a student at university, and that he secured the St Kitts passports to avoid the visa problems that Iranian passport holders face in international travel.

Is his testimony credible? He testified about his father's extensive business activities, but other sources claim that the father has links to Iran's Intelligence Ministry. How else could he have amassed such a fortune without government connections ?

Whether his testimony was intended to humanize him before the jury we cannot say, but information from those who attended the trial did not indicate that he specifically rebutted any of the evidence from the Government's case. As we have previously stated, the defense memorandum of law focused upon its argument that the evidence failed to prove the case in the absence of reasonable doubt.

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