France opposes Iranian's extradition to U.S.

Prosecutor contests American claim that products sold by Majid Kakavand could be used for military purposes

Published April 14, 2010 6:05PM (EDT)

France is opposing a U.S. extradition request for an Iranian the United States claims evaded export controls to purchase technology over the Internet to sell to Iran's military.

The United States is seeking the extradition of Majid Kakavand, a 37-year-old engineer, from France. The U.S. claims he went online to purchase sensitive U.S. electronics and had them shipped to Malaysia, then on to Iranian military entities.

At a court hearing Wednesday state prosecutor Sophie Gulphe-Berbain contested the claim that products Kakavand sold could be used for military purposes.

Kakavand told the court that he is "not a criminal."

He was arrested in March 2009 as he arrived in Paris for vacation.

The court says it will rule May 5.

By Associated Press

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