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Malaysia transit for illegal arms? July 20, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in International, Malaysia, Readings, Southeast Asia.
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Weapons Export Arrest Made in New York

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.

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.

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1. kittykat46 - July 20, 2007

This is scary. Malaysian authorities really need to investigate the Malaysian end of the operations to shut down this pipeline.

I work in an industry which is subject to US government controls on technology exports. Its a profitable venture ,and it generates thousands of Malaysian jobs. It requires trust by US authorities that Malaysia is a responsible party to such technology controls. Such equipment is prohibited from exported to countries like China, Iran, Libya etc. without special permission.
After the Scomi scandal and now this, we stand to lose a lot economically.

2. Anak Sarawak - July 20, 2007

Wonder what is the Malaysian company’s name. Anyway way to find out Eli?

3. PandaHeadCurry - July 21, 2007

Hmm…too bad he didn’t ship some working helicopters.

4. TEO CHIANG TEE - July 21, 2007

I’m not at all surprised of Malaysia being a country capable of allowing murders, rapes, human trafficking and now illegal arms sales …now , all those big shots …….becare not to end up like Saddam Hussein.

5. concerned resident - July 21, 2007

On last Tuesday 17 July 2007 , the Immigration department did a raid on my condominium as they were told that they are illegal Nepalese working as security guards in my condominium which is Villa Flora condominium in Taman Tun Dr Ismail. I was just about to leave with to pick my daughter up from school when I saw it. Some of the security guard ran away from their there guard house when they saw that other security guard was bring question by the Immigration officers. I guess it is true that there is many illegal foreigner working in Malaysia but when it happened to be security guard in your condominium then it is scary indeed. the name of the security company for Villa Flora condo is TSS Security Services.

6. johan - July 21, 2007

i wouldn’t blame the nepalis too fast.

blame those who bring them in, possibly hoodwinking them with tales of good jobs etc. human trafficking is real and it’s happening in malaysia.

human traffickers must be brought to justice and despite the anti-trafficking laws, it remains to be seen whether there will be proper enforcement against the traffickers and i do not mean RELA going around arresting the victims of human trafficking, i.e. the nepalis etc…

7. monsterball - July 23, 2007

When smuggling is involve ….to avoid paying millions in taxes and the spare spares are sub-standards….as against the real ones…also involving millions earned in sales without being detected….and all these are involving arms and warfare parts..under the Min. Of Defence…you can be cock sure ..it is not an ordinary crook…but from a crook with all the connections in the government.
Nuri. copters is a sucide plane ….all the signs were showing it….yet it takes 6 crashes to talk about it…and maybe another one or two more …then they are satisfied to scrap it for good. Right now…still using them. We spent billions….yet showing how thrifty we can be….or could not care less…or dare not make a good decision….whichever it is..the pilot and passengers are not the next of kin to the decision makers….that’s clearly seen.

8. benjamin rosenzweig - July 25, 2007

Anti-trafficking enforcement has developed into a border control process without any serious interest in ‘labour rights’. I’d be careful about taking it at face value: the forms of criminalisation involved in most anti-trafficking policy usually work to maximise the vulnerability and exploitability of people, as well as subjecting them to the repressive arms of the state, as they virtually guarantee that workers have great trouble in asserting their needs against employers.

Concerned resident, why do you find the idea of undocumented Nepalis working in your condominium so scary, exactly?

9. V T - July 25, 2007

RPK of Malaysia today summoned to Dang Wangi,

there’s a petition on line.

please visit and sign, thank you.

http://www.petitiononline.com/MdMdTaib/petition.html


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