Briton Deported Over Plan to Smuggle Military Goods to Pakistan
A 33-year-old British citizen who tried to export US military goods to Pakistan was sentenced to eleven months imprisonment for violating the US Arms Export Control Act and deported to Britain.
Jonathan R. Reynolds, who was arrested February 5 in Boston, was credited for the time he has been imprisoned since the arrest and was ordered by a district court here Monday to be deported to his native Britain.
Reynolds and his companies -- R.A. Turbine Support, Ltd. of Thailand and Euro Aviation Supplies, Ltd. of the UK -- admitted to negotiating with an undercover US customs agent to procure and ship the military goods to Pakistan through third-party companies in various foreign countries without export licenses.
Military exports from the United States to Pakistan were banned by the US Congress in October 1990 over Pakistan's failure to restrict nuclear development and testing.
According to prosecutors, Reynolds first sought help in obtaining night vision goggles and blueprints for the C-130 military aircraft for Pakistan in September 1998 from an undercover agent posing as a shipping broker.
The agent said he could acquire an export license with false claim that the purported equipment was destined for Korea rather than Pakistan.
Following a long series of negotiations, including an exchange of night vision goggle samples, Reynolds moved to offices in Thailand.
He wired the undercover agent that he planned to visit with him in Boston in late January to discuss other projects of mutual interest. Instead, Reynolds was arrested -- BOSTON (AFP)
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