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A.Q. Khan

Carlos Cardoen

  • He is Carlos Cardoen, millionaire entrepreneur-turned-capitalist, Chilean folk hero and wanted fugitive in the United States. His alleged crime: exporting materials from the United States to build bombs for Saddam Hussein. Just how a Chilean arms dealer got snarled in the U.S.-Iraq conflict - and wound up on the board of a winery with ties to Northern California - is a tale of betrayal and hard-fought redemption. Throughout a bitter 10-year battle with the U.S. government, Cardoen has maintained that American officials knew about and supported his weapons sales to Iraq during its eight-year war with Iran in the 1980s. Only after Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990 did the United States press charges against him. "They came after me, looking for someone to blame," he says. In 1993, U.S. prosecutors charged him with violating export laws and laundering money from Iraq through an American real estate business.
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Efraim Diveroli

  • Diveroli is president of AEY Inc., a South Florida company which, according to U.S. government documents, has done more than $10 million of business with the U.S. government since 2004. The papers also reveal the company struck it big in 2007 with contracts totaling more than $200 million to supply ammunition, assault rifles and other weapons to the Afghan National Army and police. The company's contract said it would get the ammunition from Hungary.
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Hemant Lakhani

  • The filing of a criminal complaint charging Hemant Lakhani with attempting to provide material support to terrorists and attempting to sell arms without a license. Lakhani, 68, of London, England, flew from London to John F. Kennedy International Airport on Sunday and was arrested yesterday by Special Agents of the FBI/Newark Joint Terrorism Task Force, as he was meeting with a government cooperating witness to complete the sale of a single shoulder-fired surface-to-air missile. A criminal complaint against Lakhani filed under seal on Monday in U.S. District Court in Newark alleges that Lakhani went to New Jersey to arrange for the sale of at least another 50 anti-aircraft missiles to the cooperating witness, who was posing as a representative of a Somali terror organization.
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Jean Bernard Lasnaud

  • For more than four years, Argentina had asked the United States to detain a French arms dealer, Jean Bernard Lasnaud, who lived in a gated community in South Florida and offered to sell tanks and Scud missiles through a Web site.
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Manucher Ghorbanifar

Monzer al-Kassar

  • Monzer al-Kassar (born in Nabek, Syria in 1945), also known as the "Prince of Marbella" is an international arms dealer, and an accused terrorist. He has resided in Spain since 1984. He is currently detained by the Spanish government, on charges of aiding terrorists and money laundering, among others.

Operation Smoking Dragon

  • Using an anti-terrorism statute for the first time in the nation, a federal grand jury in Los Angeles today returned a superseding indictment that accuses two men of conspiring with foreign nationals to smuggle into the United States shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles designed to shoot down aircraft.
  • The new indictment charges Chao Tung Wu, 51, of La Puente, California, and Yi Qing Chen, 41, of Rosemead, California, with conspiracy to import missile systems designed to destroy aircraft. This statute, which was enacted in December 2004 as part of an intelligence reform package, carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 25 years and the possibility of life without parole in federal prison.

Victor Bout

Yaacov Nimrodi

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Yehuda Abraham

  • Separate criminal complaints were filed against Yehuda Abraham,76, a New York City jeweler and money remitter, and Moinuddeen Ahmed Hameed of Malaysia. Hameed arrived from Malaysia yesterday allegedly as part of the planned sale of another 50 missiles. Hameed was to collect an initial payment of $500,000 from the government cooperating witness, according to the complaint. Both men are charged with conspiring to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business. Abraham and Hameed: conspiring to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business, five years and a $250,000 fine.
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