Man jailed for trafficking MiG and F-4 Phantom II fighter jet parts to Iran
Alexander George, 77 a businessman from Long Ashton village, Somerset has been jailed for trafficking fighter jet parts to Iran in violation of weapons of mass destruction controls.
He was sentenced to two and a half years for shipping military hardware, including Russian MiG and U.S. F-4 Phantom IIparts sent through a network of companies and countries. He is thought to have made £5m from the trade.
Two others, Paul Attwater, 65, and his wife, Iris, 66, of Telford in Shropshire, were handed suspended six-month prison sentences last month for sourcing aircraft parts from the US and shipping them to George’s companies, which then sent them to Iran.
George bought the aircraft parts from the US and sent them to his companies in Malaysia and Dubai before illegally moving them on to Iran. When he became concerned he was being investigated, he searched the internet to find out who was wanted by the FBI, CIA, and Interpol for selling aircraft parts to Iran.