Kenneth Rijock

Kenneth Rijock

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

IRANIAN SANCTIONS EVASION TECHNIQUES ARE OFTEN IMAGINATIVE

A scandal is emerging in Israel this week; an Israeli software company that manufactures spyware that is reportedly highly effective in surveillance was apparently sold to Iran, notwithstanding the fact that such a sale not only violated international sanctions, the sale was to a country that poses an existential threat to Israel.

How did this sale occur ? It seems that the Israeli company had a relationship with a Danish company, and it was that company that sold the software to Iran. The moral of the story: sanctions facilitators can, and do, operate in a stable, Western jurisdiction that you would never expect that one would come from. Cast aside your preconceived notions that all Iranian sanctions evasions occur in the Middle East.

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