US charges Pakistani with illegal nuclear exports

Nadeem Akhtar of Maryland owns a company called Computer Communication USA.

Last Updated: Mar 10, 2011, 12:20 PM IST

Washington: A Pakistani man has been arrested and charged in connection with a scheme to illegally export nuclear-related materials to his home country from the United States, the Justice Department said on Wednesday.

Nadeem Akhtar, 45, of Silver Spring, Maryland, was indicted on a charge of conspiracy to illegally export restricted goods and technology to a nuclear power plant and a research commission in Pakistan.

"The indictment alleges that Nadeem Akhtar conspired to violate export regulations by selling controlled items while misrepresenting what they were and to whom they would be sold," said US Attorney Rod J Rosenstein.

Akhtar, who owns a company called Computer Communication USA, was accused of illegally exporting radiation detection devices, resins for coolant water purification and other materials.

"This arrest is the product of a vigorous, cooperative joint-agency investigation focused on denying and disrupting the illegal export of controlled nuclear technology destined for Pakistan," said Eric L Hirschhorn, Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security.

Akhtar faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for conspiracy to commit export violations and to defraud the US; a maximum of 20 years in prison for unlawful export of goods; and a maximum of 20 years in prison for conspiracy to commit money laundering.

(With PTI inputs)