WASHINGTON (AP) _ Federal investigators in the Iran-Contra case apparently are interested in Albert Hakim, a California businessman with ties to retired Gen. Richard V. Secord.
One White House official, who refused to be quoted by name, said FBI agents asked him about Hakim.
The Los Angeles Times, quoting an unidentified source, reported in Thursday’s editions that FBI agents and congressional investigators have asked government officials about Hakim in their inquiry into how profits from the sale of U.S. arms to Iran were siphoned to anti-government rebels in Nicaragua.
Sen. David Durenberger, R-Minn., said earlier that his information ″indicates that General Secord is involved in this operation.″ Durenberger is chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Hakim and Secord, a former top Defense Department official, are business partners in Stanford Technology Trading Inc., a company in Virginia outside Washington.
Hakim, 50, worked in Iran before the 1979 revolution brought the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to power. Secord was an Air Force official in Tehran in the late 1970s.
Secord is known to be close to Lt. Col. Oliver L. North, the National Security Council aide who was fired by President Reagan last week after officials said he played a role in the money diversion operation.
Last July, The San Francisco Examiner reported that a plane manufactured by the Maule Aircraft Corp. of Moultrie, Ga., was bought in 1984 by a company with which Secord was involved and exported to Honduras for use by the Contras.
The Washington Post said records of the Federal Aviation Administration indicate the plane sold by Secord’s group to the Contras was first purchased in July 1984 by American Marketing and Consulting Inc. Secord was listed as president and Robert H. Lilac, a former National Security Council official, was listed as vice president, the paper said.
Billy Fallin, an official of Maule, said the company sold four of the aircraft to four U.S. corporations, which he declined to identify.
The Examiner said one Maule plane was paid for by a check from CSF Investments, a Bermuda corporation. CSF is owned by Compagnie de Services Fiducaires, a Swiss company controlled by Hakim, according to The New York Times, which cited public records in Bermuda and an associate of Hakim’s as its source.
B.D. Maule, who has built planes in Moultrie since 1968, said Thursday he was told the planes would be used by missionaries to transport sick and injured people in Latin America.
″They said it was for missionary work,″ said Maule, 75. ″We did not know what country they were going to, but they were going down there somewhere.″
The Maule planes are ideal for landings on fields 600 feet to 700 feet long in areas lacking modern runways.
In an interview this summer with The Moultrie Observer, Maule said a retired Air Force general had agreed to purchase three or four planes about two years ago. He declined to identify the former general, but said the pilots who picked up the planes were not Americans.
Fallin said aides from the Senate intelligence panel came to Georgia with subpoenas for records of four short takeoff and landing planes made by his company.
Fallin said the U.S. attorney in Macon, Ga., has subpoenaed the same records, which he said include a bill of sale and records of telephone calls.
U.S. Attorney Joe Whitley in Macon declined comment on any probe.
Secord could not be reached for comment. His attorney, Thomas C. Green, was not in his office, according to a secretary. Hakim’s telephone number in California is not listed. A secretary at Stanford Technology has said repeatedly that she has no information for reporters.