Iran In Brief

ISIS Case Study of the trials of German-Iranian trader Mohsen Vanaki and the relevant intelligence

ISIS Case Study of the trials of German-Iranian trader Mohsen Vanaki and the relevant intelligence photo

September 16, 2009

ISIS takes a look at the case of Mohsen Vanaki, a German-Iranian trader, who was arrested in November 2007 and charged for brokering several deals to illicitly transfer dual use materials for what the German intelligence service (BND) believed to be an ongoing Iranian nuclear weapons program. The report analyzes the initial dismissal of charges and a following reversal by German courts of the case based on the defense’s argument that the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) allegedly showed that Iran did not have a nuclear weapons program at the time and thus the defendant could not be prosecuted for attempting to obtain banned materials for such a program.
The study also shows the differing intelligence views between the conclusions of the 2007 NIE and German BND estimates on the still open question of whether Iran has an ongoing nuclear weapons program.

See the full study here: The Trials of the German-Iranian Trader Mohsen Vanaki

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