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US DoJ announces settlement with Norway firm for its coop with Iran

Tehran, The United States Department of Justice announced settlement with a Norwegian company over its cooperation with Iran.

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Ann Calvaresi Barr, Inspector General for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), announced today the filing and settlement of a civil fraud complaint against NORWEGIAN PEOPLE'S AID (NPA), a non-profit, non-governmental organization headquartered in Norway that receives funding from USAID, Department of Justice reported.

The settlement resolves claims that NPA violated the False Claims Act (the FCA) by providing material support to Iran, Hamas, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), contrary to federal funding requirements.

At all times relevant to the lawsuit, Iran was included on the U.S. Department of State's list of state sponsors of terrorism (the State Sponsors of Terrorism List), and Hamas, PFLP, and DFLP were included on the US Office of Foreign Assets Control's specially designated nationals and blocked persons list (the SDN List).

On March 30, US District Court Judge Gregory H. Woods approved a settlement agreement that resolves the Government's claims against NPA. Under the settlement, NPA is required to pay $2.025 million to the United States (that amount is based on an analysis of NPA's ability to pay a monetary settlement), and it has revised its internal policies to ensure that it complies with applicable US sanctions laws and the terms of its USAID grants. In addition, in connection with the settlement, NPA has admitted to and accepted responsibility for its conduct.

Notwithstanding the above-referenced certifications, NPA provided training and expert advice or assistance to Iran, as well as to Hamas, PFLP, and DFLP. With respect to Iran, from 2001 through 2008, NPA performed mine clearance activities in Iran that were integral to an Iranian oil development project, DoJ added.

With respect to Hamas, PFLP, and DFLP, from 2012 through 2016, NPA provided representatives of those three SDN List entities with training and expert advice or assistance by funding a project called Youth of Today . . . Leaders of Tomorrow.

Through this project, young people in the Gaza Strip, aged 15 through 28, who were affiliated with one of the project's partner political parties � which included Hamas, PFLP, and DFLP � received training aimed at making them more effective participants in the political process.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

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