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Pak man sentenced to 33 months for smuggling military tech in US

A Pakistani national has been sentenced to 33 months in prison for trying to smuggle sensitive military technology to the Pakistan army, the US Department of Justice has said.



Washington: A Pakistani national has been sentenced to 33 months in prison for trying to smuggle sensitive military technology to the Pakistan army, the US Department of Justice has said.

A US Court in Arizona passed the sentence on 71-year-old Syed Vaqar Ashraf of Lahore yesterday, after he pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to export defence controlled items without a license.
Federal prosecutors alleged Ashraf attempted to procure gyroscopes and illegally ship them to Pakistan so they could be used by the Pakistani military.

Ashraf then traveled to Belgium to inspect the products and arrange for their final transport to Pakistan.

He was arrested on August 26, 2014 by the Belgium Federal Police at the request of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents, who had been conducting an undercover investigation of his activities. 

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