Washington, September 23
A 65-year-old Pakistani-American has been arrested for allegedly exporting high-performance laptop gear and software program software options from the US to Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission with out crucial authorities approval, in response to federal prosecutors.
Obaidullah Syed, who owned Pakistan-based Business System International (BSI) Private Limited and Chicago-based BSI USA, was arrested on September 16 and faces a most sentence of 20 years if convicted. He at present stays in federal custody.
Federal prosecutors mentioned the 2 corporations owned by Syed offered high-performance computing platforms, servers, and software program software options.
From 2006 to 2015, Syed and BSI conspired with firm staff in Pakistan to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act by exporting laptop gear from the US to the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) with out acquiring the required authorisation from the US Department of Commerce, in response to an indictment returned within the District Court in Chicago.
The Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission is a Pakistani authorities company chargeable for “the design, fabrication, and testing of excessive explosives and nuclear weapons elements, uranium mining and enrichment, and the event of solid-fueled ballistic missiles.
The indictment charged Syed and BSI with one depend of conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and international commerce laws, and one depend of violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.
Syed, BSI and the opposite conspirators falsely represented to the US-based laptop producers that the unlawful shipments had been meant for Pakistan-based universities, Syed’s enterprise, or Syed himself.
They knew that the true end-user and supreme consignee of every cargo had been both the PAEC or a analysis institute that skilled the company’s engineers and scientists, the indictment said.
In so doing, in response to the indictment, Syed and his firm prompted the US-based laptop producers to undergo the US authorities transport paperwork, together with Shippers Export Declarations, that listed false end-users for the US-origin items, thereby undermining the US authorities’s means to cease the unlawful shipments, the Department of Justice mentioned. PTI