I wonder what deputy prime minister and defense minister Najib Tun Razak has to say to this. A Pakistani was arrested in New York yesterday for allegedly shipping weapons to Malaysia, including jet parts which may be headed for Iran. Between January 2004 and May 2006, this guy exported (11 times!) to an unidentified company in Malaysia F-5 and F-14 jet parts and Chinook helicopter parts.
This man admitted to federal agents he did not know who the end users were for the stuff that were shipped. He admitted undervaluing the shipments on his export paperwork so that the company could avoid paying Malaysian custom duties. It is widely known that the sole customer of F-14 parts is the Iranian Air Force. These technology is considered “dangerous”.
File photo of F-14 (source)
History repeats, or so it seems…
In April 28, 1987 a letter from M16 agent, Stephan Kock indicated his key role in negotiating a top secret defense deal with Malaysia, arms which would eventually end up in Iran and Iraq.
“I have for some months now been in close discussions with the Malaysian Ministry of Defense regarding a major project as yet classified as secret. The time has now come where we feel it very necessary to give you details of this major project which in our view hold significant importance, not only for British defense equipment manufacturer’s, but strategically and politically to.”In view of the official visit by the Malaysian Premier and is defense chiefs in June we would ask for a meeting as soon as convenient…”
But Malaysia says it is committed to fighting illegal weapons trade.
By LARRY NEUMEISTER
The Associated Press
Thursday, July 19, 2007; 9:20 PM
NEW YORK — A Pakistani national was arrested Thursday on allegations he illegally shipped weapons to Malaysia, including fighter jet parts likely to end up in Iran.
Jilani Humayun, 59, was charged with 11 counts of violating the Arms Export Control Act, one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. The charges carry up to 150 years in prison upon conviction.
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In court papers, federal authorities said Humayun formed a company, Vash International Inc., in January 2004 to export defense equipment including tanks, guided missiles and rocket launchers.
They said that he used Vash 11 times between January 2004 and May 2006 to export to an unidentified company in Malaysia F-5 and F-14 fighter jet parts and Chinook helicopter parts.
Prosecutors said Humayun admitted to federal agents that he did not know who the end users were for the items that were shipped. They said he also admitted that he undervalued the shipments on his export paperwork so the company could avoid paying Malaysian customs duties.
U.S. Attorney Michael J. Garcia said it is well documented in public reports that the sole customer of F-14 parts is the Iranian Air Force.
“The details of the crime with which Jilani Humayun is charged are particularly disturbing, as he is alleged to have knowingly shipped technology as dangerous as F-5 and F-14 parts to Malaysia without any regard for the ultimate destination,” Garcia said.
The director of the criminal investigative service in the U.S. Department of Defense, Charles W. Beardall, called the illegal export of U.S. military technology and weapons “one of the most significant and growing threats to our national security.”
U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald L. Ellis denied a request by a prosecutor Thursday to order Humayun held without bail. He set bond at $500,000 and ordered him detained at his home in Lynbrook after Humayun’s lawyer, Joyce London, described her client as a “true New Yorker” who rarely traveled and had visited Pakistan only once since coming to the United States in 1981.
The defense lawyer said Humayun lived with his wife and son and had to contend with illnesses including a heart condition, diabetes and high blood pressure.