Britain to extradite West German accused of sales to Soviets
LONDON (AP) _ A West German businessman accused of selling $10.5 million worth of U.S.-made electronic equipment to the Soviet Union will be sent to the United States to stand trial under an extradition order signed Friday.
Bow Street Magistrate Ronald Bartle issued the order against Werner Bruchausen, 47, of Dormant, West Germany.
″I have concluded the charges are not of a political character. Nor do I feel the U.S. authorities are after Bruchausen for any reason other than to face criminal proceedings,″ Bartle said.
″The evidence shows Bruchausen knew that he was wanted by police and the fact he entered England on a false passport indicates he was a fugitive from justice.″
Bruchausen is accused of shipping missile-tracking defense systems to the Soviets by forging export licenses. The court was told a California grand jury had indicted him on 60 counts including fraud, false accounting, deception and attempting to obtain property by deception.
Bruchausen, who denied the charges, has 15 days to appeal. His attorney, Stephen Sedley, said he would apply for a writ of habeas corpus to block the extradition.
Sedley claimed Bruchausen had become a political pawn in the American embargo against high-technology sales to the Soviets.
Prosecutor Colin Nicholls said Bruchausen purchased the equipment, including monitoring and receiving systems, between January 1977 and June 1980, falsely stating that they were for use in the United States.
He told the court that Bruchausen described the equipment on export licenses as ″meters and other hybrid material,″ but customs officials discovered the illegal exports when one of the bags of sand used for packing around the equipment split open.