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Ex-Fugitive Pleads Innocent

November 27, 2001

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A man accused 16 years ago of illegally exporting potential nuclear triggers to Israel pleaded innocent Monday in federal court.

Richard Henry Smyth, 72, a former electronics supplier, faces a 30-count indictment involving the alleged export of about $60,000 worth of krytrons, two-inch triggering devices that can be used in nuclear weapons.

Smyth was being held without bail. His trial was set for Jan. 15.

Smyth, the former president of Milco International Inc. of Huntington Beach, had been awaiting trial on the charges in 1985 when he fled the United States for Spain. He was extradited from Spain earlier this month.

Krytrons cannot be exported without a license or written approval from the State Department. Smyth was accused of 15 counts of illegal shipments and 15 counts of preparing false documentation for the export of roughly 800 of the tubelike devices. Authorities said they were sent to Heli Corp. in Israel between January 1980 and December 1982.

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