Empire Navigation pleads guilty to sanctions violations in Suez Rajan case
Unsealed court documents show Greece-based company agreed $2.45m fine and three-year probation in the first vessel seizure case to yield a plea deal from a shipping company
Court documents state an Empire Navigation employee instructed Suez Rajan captain to take actions to conceal ship-to-ship transfer with tanker that loaded cargo in Iran. The guilty plea marks the first time US prosecutors both seize an Iranian cargo and successfully prosecuted the shipping company transporting it
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