GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — Closing arguments are expected Wednesday in the trial of an Iranian-American man living in Maryland who allegedly helped Iran launch a satellite from Russia, a violation of a trade embargo the United States has against the Middle Eastern country.

Nader Modanlo’s trial began in late April in federal court in Greenbelt, Md.

Prosecutors say Modanlo brokered an agreement between the Russian government and Iran that resulted in the 2005 launch from Russia of an Iranian satellite, the country’s first.

But a defense attorney for Modanlo have said the allegations are baseless and have been a nightmare for a man who came to the United States to study and stayed to pursue the American dream.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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