Singapore court says four suspects can be extradited to U.S.

February 10, 2012

CNN on February 10, 2012 released the following:

“From Elizabeth Neisloss, For CNN

Singapore (CNN) — A Singapore court ruled Friday that four people can be extradited to the United States to face conspiracy charges after electronic components from a U.S. company were smuggled to Iran and ended up in explosives in Iraq.

The case is part of an effort by the U.S. to link Iran with attacks on its forces in Iraq.
The four Singaporeans — three men and a woman — were arrested in late October. They contested the extradition proceedings, and have 15 days to appeal.

U.S. authorities indicted them, as well as an Iranian citizen, on charges of funneling thousands of radio frequency modules from the United States to Iran. The Iranian citizen, Hossein Larijani, remained at large at the time of the indictment.

The United States alleges that 16 of the radio frequency modules were later found in improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Iraq that had not detonated. The explosive devices are often the weapon of choice for militants in Iraq, who regularly used them to attack U.S. and coalition convoys.

David Adelman, the U.S. ambassador to Singapore, welcomed the ruling.

“This ruling reflects the strong spirit of cooperation between the United States and Singapore in combating transnational crime, including the illicit trade in arms and equipment that can pose significant threats to the United States and the international community,” Adelman said in a statement.

Following the court’s decision Friday, two of the Singaporeans — Lisingm Yong Nam and Wong Yuh Lan, the female suspect — will be extradited to be charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States in relation to the radio frequency modules.

The other two — Lim Kow Seng and Hia Soo Gan Benson — will be sent to the United States to be charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States regarding the smuggling of dozens of military antennas, like those used on military aircraft and ships, from the United States to Hong Kong.

Lim Yong Nam, Lim Kow Seng and Hia plan to appeal, their lawyer said. Wong’s lawyer said he needed to talk to his client before saying whether she would appeal.

In making a decision on the extradition, the judge, Chia Wee Kiat, weighed the evidence provided by the U.S. indictment, citing emails, documents and affidavits from the U.S. case.

Chia said that if the alleged acts had indeed been committed, they would also be considered “conspiracy and cheating under Singapore law.”

He noted that the Singapore court’s role in considering the extradition request had been “to decide whether there is a prima facie case.” Chia said that “the task of resolving doubt and weighing the evidence should be left to the trial judge.”

The U.S. indictment alleges that the Singaporeans conspired to buy 6,000 radio frequency modules from an unidentified company in Minnesota and ship them through Singapore to Larijani in Iran.

The United States has in the past noted that Singapore — a major global transshipment port — needs to tighten its export controls, in particular of so-called “dual use” items, which can have both a civilian and military purpose

In this case, the radio frequency modules from the U.S. company have various commercial applications, including wireless local area networks to connect printers and computers in offices.

The United States says that radio frequency modules from the same U.S. company were recovered in 2008 and 2009 by coalition forces in Iraq as part of remote detonation systems for improvised explosive devices.

Prosecutors allege that the defendants told the Minnesota company that Singapore was the final destination for the components they were buying and also filed false paperwork with the U.S. government, saying the parts would be used in a Singapore telecommunications project.

The Singaporeans have been held without bail since their arrest, except Lim Yong Nam, who was released on bail on medical grounds.

They will all remain in prison until their extradition, except Lim Yong Nam, the judge said Friday.”

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International Extradition Lawyers Videos:

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Singapore Court to Consider US Extradition Request

October 27, 2011

Singapore said Wednesday that a US request to extradite four Singaporeans linked to the supply of components for roadside bombs used in Iraq will be reviewed by the city-state’s judiciary.

The four were arrested on Tuesday after the US sought their extradition on charges of illegally exporting US-made radio equipment to Iran that ended up in roadside bombs targeting coalition forces in Iraq.

Wong Yuh Lan, Lim Yong Nam, Lim Kow Seng, and Hia Soo Gan Benson were accused together with an Iranian who remains at large of illegally exporting 6,000 radio frequency modules from a Minnesota-based company to Iran.

The modules have encryption capabilities and a range that allows them to transmit data wirelessly up to 40 miles (65 kilometres).

At least 16 of the modules were discovered by US forces in Iraq being used in remote detonation systems for improvised explosive devices or IEDs, which the indictment said caused roughly 60 percent of American combat casualties in Iraq between 2001 and 2007.

“The extradition papers submitted by the USA in support of the extradition request are in the process of being served on the four persons or their counsel,” the Singapore attorney-general’s office said.

“The four persons and their counsel will need to study the papers before a date for the committal hearing is fixed by the Subordinate Courts.

“A date will be fixed for the committal hearing in the Subordinate Courts, to go through the evidence provided by the United States in order for the Court to decide whether there are sufficient grounds to extradite the four persons.”

Three Singapore-based companies and an Iranian company were also charged in the indictment.

Charges include conspiracy to defraud the United States, smuggling, illegal export of goods from the United States to Iran, illegal export of defence articles from the United States, false statements and obstruction of justice.

Some of the defendants were also charged in a separate fraud conspiracy involving the export of sensitive military technology to Singapore and Hong Kong — radio antennas for use in fighter jets.

This article was written by Agence France-Presse and published by MSN News on October 26,2011.

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Douglas McNabb – McNabb Associates, P.C.’s
International Extradition Lawyers Videos:

International Extradition – When the FBI Seeks Extradition

International Extradition – Wire Transfer – Email – Telephone Call

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We previously discussed the extradition treaty between the United States and Singapore here.

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To find additional global criminal news, please read The Global Criminal Defense Daily.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the U.S. law firm practice and write and/or report extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red Notice Removal, International Extradition and OFAC SDN Sanctions Removal.

The author of this blog is Douglas McNabb. Please feel free to contact him directly at mcnabb@mcnabbassociates.com or at one of the offices listed above.