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Acquitted of violating Iran sanctions, man hopes grace

NEW YORK – It has been five years since a court of appeal in reverse reaches an iranian-born American is sentenced for violating sanctions against Iran, but clearing his name is another matter.

Mahmoud Reza Banki, says he feels like a second-class citizen as potential employers, and banks to the past, his sterling resume and focus on his criminal record.

In a last desperate attempt to wipe any remaining sentences for a small false statements charges, Banki is seeking a pardon from President Barack Obama.

The 40-year-old Los Angeles resident has obtained a number of parliamentary support for his cause.

Banki was fired from a management consultancy firm McKinsey & Co. when he was indicted for violating the Iran trade embargo.

He was convicted and served almost two years in prison for a court of appeal reversed his conviction on the Iran sanctions count.

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