Pakistani convicted in aircraft parts plot
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At the time, prosecutor William Cole said Durrani was the mastermind of the exports while Budenz facilitated getting the products out of the United States. A third man, Richard Tobey, pleaded guilty in August to conspiring to violate U.S. arms export control laws. Tobey said Durrani instructed him to send a T-38 cockpit canopy to the United Arab Emirates. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 He is scheduled to be sentenced June 5 and faces up to 45 years in prison. Telephone calls made Friday to Durrani’s lawyer, Moe Nadim, were not immediately returned. Durrani had served five years in prison after being convicted in 1987 of selling missile parts to Iran in the 1980s. He said his actions were part of the Iran-Contra scandal in which the United States exchanged arms to gain release of U.S. hostages held in Lebanon. Last year, former Navy intelligence officer George Charles Budenz II pleaded guilty to illegally exporting military aircraft parts overseas. In court, Budenz said he made the air freight shipments in December 2004 and January 2005 at the direction of Durrani. SAN DIEGO – A Pakistani man who spent five years in prison for selling missile parts to Iran in the 1980s and was deported from the United States has been convicted of illegally exporting military aircraft parts ultimately destined for Iran. Authorities say Arif Ali Durrani, coordinated the movement of the parts to Belgium, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates from his home in Rosarito Beach, Mexico. The ultimate destination was Iran, said Jennifer Silliman, assistant special agent in charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in San Diego. Durrani was convicted Friday on four counts of exporting engine parts and other components for the F-5 fighter jet and the Chinook helicopter. He was also convicted on one count of conspiracy to export parts, Silliman said.