Fugitive in Lockheed Case Arrested in Syria
ATLANTA (AP) _ A former Lockheed Corp. executive who fled after being indicted in June on federal bribery charges has been arrested in his native Syria, federal officials said Thursday.
Suleiman Nassar, former director of international marketing in Lockheed’s international division in Geneva, was indicted along with Lockheed and another executive.
He was accused of conspiring to bribe an Egyptian legislator to promote the sale to that country of cargo planes made at a Lockheed plant in Marietta, Ga.
Nassar had promised to appear in Atlanta for arraignment June 28, but instead he fled from Geneva to Syria, said Martin Weinstein, an assistant U.S. attorney in Atlanta.
He said Nassar was arrested March 20 by Syrian authorities and is being held at Adra prison, about 30 miles north of Damascus. U.S. authorities knew he was in Syria, Weinstein said.
Weinstein declined to say what efforts are being made to bring Nassar to Atlanta to stand trial. He noted that there is no extradition treaty between Syria and the United States.
California-based Lockheed pleaded guilty in January to a single count of conspiracy to violate the federal Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The company was fined $24.8 million.
Retired Lockheed executive Allen R. Love pleaded guilty to a charge of furnishing false information in the case. He was sentenced to three years probation, a $20,000 fine and 500 hours of community service.