4 Singaporeans to be extradited over Iraq bomb case



4 Singaporeans to be extradited over Iraq bomb case Singapore: A Singaporean court on Friday cleared the extradition of four of its nationals, including a woman, to the US to face trial for illegally exporting radio components to Iran that later ended up in Iraqi homemade roadside bombs targeting coalition forces.

The three men, Lim Kow Seng, Lim Yong Nam and Benson Hia Soon Guan, and a woman, Wong Yuh Lan, were alleged to have exported US-made radio equipment to Iran that ended up in bombs targeting coalition forces in Iraq.

The charges on them include conspiracy to defraud the US, smuggling and illegal export of goods from the US to Iran, the Channel News Asia reported.

The four accused have 15 days to appeal against the extradition to face a trial in the US.

An Iranian national, Hossein Larijani, is also accused of masterminding the illegal export, but he remains on the run, the report said.

The four were arrested last October for illegally exporting radio equipment from the US to Iran, through Singapore, for the purpose of being used in homemade roadside bombs.

The US Justice Department had then said that the four allegedly shipped some 6,000 frequency modules from a company in Minnesota to Singapore, and then sent it to Iran, where at least 16 were found in remote detonation systems for improvised explosive devices in Iraq.

Washington has welcomed the judgement today. The US Ambassador to Singapore, David Adelman, said the ruling reflected the strong spirit of cooperation between the United States and Singapore in combating transnational crime, including the illicit trade in arms and equipment that could pose significant threats to the US and the international community.

Adelman expressed US's appreciation of the Singapore government's support in this case.

He added that the US looked forward to continuing close ties on other important law enforcement issues, according to the report.

PTI