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The British engineer and father of three has been in prison for 30 years

EXCLUSIVE: British engineer and father of three faces 30 years in prison in US after admitting smuggling £ 400,000 power generator into Iran

  • Colin Fisher, 45, was arrested while flying from his home in Dubai to Florida
  • The US has imposed a trade embargo on Iran to prevent the sale of technology
  • Father of three admitted to making a deal to transport a gas turbine engine
  • He will be sentenced in November, but could face up to 30 years in prison

A Scottish engineer is facing up to 30 years in a US prison after pleading guilty to smuggling £ 400,000 in power generation equipment into Iran.

Colin Fisher, 45, was arrested as he flew from his home in Dubai to Florida to make the deal to illegally transport the motorcycle.

The US has imposed a trade embargo on Iran to prevent the sale of technology to the ‘rogue state’.

The father of three, who is originally from Dundee, was arrested by FBI agents in August while flying to Pensacola, Florida.

Colin Fisher (pictured), 45, was arrested as he flew from his home in Dubai to Florida to seal the deal to illegally transport the bike

Colin Fisher (pictured), 45, was arrested as he flew from his home in Dubai to Florida to seal the deal to illegally transport the bike

He has now admitted that he has spent the past three years working to secure a deal to transport a gas turbine engine – allegedly used in an Iranian oil field – in violation of an embargo aimed at preventing terrorism.

Fisher can receive up to 20 years in prison for violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and up to 10 years in prison for attempted smuggling.

Court documents showed that Fisher, who had maintained and maintained gas turbine engines during his time in Dubai, had used code words to talk about the deal with his co-conspirators.

He had also made false invoices to disguise the turbine engine’s transportation.

The father of three (pictured), who is originally from Dundee, was arrested by FBI agents in August while flying to Pensacola, Florida.

The father of three (pictured), who is originally from Dundee, was arrested by FBI agents in August while flying to Pensacola, Florida.

The father of three (pictured), who is originally from Dundee, was arrested by FBI agents in August while flying to Pensacola, Florida.

Fisher (pictured) made several trips to Florida to set up the motorcycle's export and was arrested when he arrived to help load it into a container for export

Fisher (pictured) made several trips to Florida to set up the motorcycle's export and was arrested when he arrived to help load it into a container for export

Fisher (pictured) made several trips to Florida to set up the motorcycle’s export and was arrested when he arrived to help load it into a container for export

Federal agents could confiscate the engine before it was transported to a company in Dubai known to supply parts used in oil fields in Iran.

Fisher made several trips to Florida to set up the motorcycle’s export business and was arrested when he arrived to help load it into a container for export.

Fisher can face up to 20 years in prison for violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act

Fisher can face up to 20 years in prison for violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act

Fisher can face up to 20 years in prison for violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act

US attorney Lawerence Keefe said: “Exporting technology to Iran has been banned for very good reason, but this defendant chose to put his own interests above global and national security.

“This case should send a clear signal that the United States cannot and will not look the other way when individuals endanger the security of our nation and its people. We will enforce these laws, which are vital to our national security, against those laws both in the United States and abroad.

Fisher was charged with violating the International Economic Powers Act, which aims to prevent Iran from developing weapons that could be used in terrorism. He pleaded guilty last week.

His wife Nichola runs a children’s party in Dubai, where she lives with their three children.

Fisher (pictured) has been charged with violating the International Economic Powers Act, which aims to prevent Iran from developing weapons that can be used in terrorism

Fisher (pictured) has been charged with violating the International Economic Powers Act, which aims to prevent Iran from developing weapons that can be used in terrorism

Fisher (pictured) has been charged with violating the International Economic Powers Act, which aims to prevent Iran from developing weapons that can be used in terrorism

His wife Nichola runs a children's party in Dubai, where she lives with their three children. Fisher is sentenced in November

His wife Nichola runs a children's party in Dubai, where she lives with their three children. Fisher is sentenced in November

His wife Nichola runs a children’s party in Dubai, where she lives with their three children. Fisher is sentenced in November

While participating in the smuggling plan, he was admitted to hospital in Dubai for emergency surgery and underwent keyhole surgery at Rashid Hospital in Dubai.

While participating in the smuggling plan, he was admitted to hospital in Dubai for emergency surgery and underwent keyhole surgery at Rashid Hospital in Dubai.

While participating in the smuggling plan, he was admitted to hospital in Dubai for emergency surgery and underwent keyhole surgery at Rashid Hospital in Dubai.

When approached by MailOnline she said, “Colin is no longer my husband. We were separated for two and a half years. ‘

Friends in the UAE said Fisher had worked as a freelance contractor for turbine engine maintenance.

While participating in the smuggling plan, he was admitted to hospital in Dubai for emergency surgery and underwent keyhole surgery at Rashid Hospital in Dubai.

Fisher is sentenced in November.

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