Thai court frees Iranian indicted in US arms case

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Officials in Thailand have freed a high-ranking Iranian air force officer wanted in San Diego on charges of trying to export U.S. missile parts to Iran.

U.S. authorities tell The Associated Press that 57-year-old Jamshid Ghassemi (gah-SEM'-ee) was freed after a Thai appellate court upheld a rejection of a U.S. extradition request.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy says the United States is disappointed. A spokesman for the Thai Foreign Ministry says the decision should be respected.

Ghassemi was charged in October 2006 by a federal grand jury in San Diego with conspiring to buy 12 accelerometers. The devices he allegedly sought are for missile guidance and banned for export without permission from the State Department.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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