Kaveh Lahijani Arrested

EXPAT BUSINESS OWNER OF LITTLE FRENCH KEY ARRESTED

National Police arrests two citizens in possession of $ 130,000.00, among the suspects is a citizen originally from Iran (Kaveh Lahijani) and a Honduran

Through investigative and intelligent police work in the sector of Pristine Bay, French Harbor, the National Police arrested two suspects for the crime of money laundering.

The law enforcement unit was in charge of officials of the Police Investigation Directorate (DPI), National Directorate of Prevention and Community Safety (DNPSC) and the Directorate of Police Intelligence (DIPOL) assigned to UDEP # 11 based in the insular zone.

The suspects are a native of Iran, nationalized in the United States and a Honduran of 46 years of age; both residents in the place of detention.

Law enforcement confiscated several packages containing an approximate amount of $130,000.00 (valued in the national currency is L. 3,120,000.00 lempiras). Also, a firearm for commercial use was confiscated

A more thorough inspection of the scene is being conducted so that more information is available at a later time.

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Kaveh has apparently had a health complication…(developing news)
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Apparently Kaveh has been transported to La Ceiba. From there they will take him to SPS where he will have his first hearing on the 22nd of this month.

Kaveh’s x-wife has laid claim to LFK as expected. Doing so is the first step in keeping the property (should Kaveh remain detained) and its a legal preventive move from allowing anyone else to lay claim over the property.

Should Kaveh be released, the property is likely to be restored to its rightful owner.

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Released by resolution of a judge of national jurisdiction in San Pedro Sula

Owners of Little French Key

Last night, in a sentencing court of San Pedro Sula, the defendant Kaveh and his sentimental partner were released, after being accused of money laundering for the possession of approximately $130,000 - the revenue of their sales and services in Little French Key.

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Its difficult to ignore the personalities involved in this situation. But from a merely foreign investment point of view, its nice to know that an individual is allowed to keep fiat currency inside a private residence.

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UPDATE: ARREST IN PANAMA & EXTRADITION

Earlier last week Kaveh Lahijani was arrested in Panama and immediately extradited to the United States.

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Attorneys met with Mr. Lahijani and the court officer that makes the recommendation to the judge regarding bail and release. The main focus here is to determine if Mr. Lahijani is considered a flight risk or not. He has fled before, has cash, and has strong foreign ties both in central america and in the middle east.

The pretrial officer was extremely open to listening to Mr. Lahijani’s position and arguments made by his attorneys who left their meeting feeling as though their recommendations would be extremely favorable. But these recommendations, however favorable, are not binding for the judge.

The pretrial officers’ recommendation at this time is a $50000 bond, which means a deposit of $5000 cash with a guarantee signature by Hooman. This is a relatively small bail amount, which may be indicative of the seriousness of the current charges brought against Mr. Lahijani.

According to the attorney, the current Federal charge in and of its self is not extremely serious. However, the case in orange county (a case dealing with property damages to a home) is problematic. The prosecutors contention is that there was $1.5MM dollars worth of damage done to a home in California.

The best way to attempt to have property damages case dismissed is via an agreement that upon payment of damages (which would be less than the alleged amount) the Case would be dismissed.

The usual procedure is for the orange county court not to address the case until the federal case is resolved.

In order to obtain Mr. Lahijani’s release as soon as possible, attorneys need to try to address the Orange County case before the federal case is resolved.

Mr. Lahijani’s case will continue on Tuesday, October 8, at 2:00 pm to address the release issue.

More official updates to follow via this channel as they become available.

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Kaveh’s bail was denied. He will remain in custody at least until November.

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