It gets worse; he is reportedly intending to file an appeal of his conviction, notwithstanding that the evidence admitted at trial was not only clear and convincing, it was overwhelming. Should the District Court, in error, allow him house arrest while on appeal, his counsel could delay the process for a year or two, seeking repeated extensions of time for filings. All the while, Ali Sadr remains a free man. This defendant should be taken into custody at sentencing, and not allowed to be free during his appeal.
The Ali Sadr case was clearly intended to send a message that Iran sanctions evaders will be brought to justice. If Sadr is not in custody after sentencing, it sends the wrong message to others that are currently engaging in sanctions violations. That is not deterrence, by any means. Please, your honor, place this defendant, who is no friend of the United States, in custody, to demonstrate the consequences of violating America's sanctions on Iran.