Final Defendant In Smuggling Conspiracy Trial Pleads Guilty
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ The case of three men charged with conspiring to ship restricted electronics equipment to Iran has ended with the final defendant pleading guilty to reduced charges.
The three had been charged last December with conspiring to violate the U.S. Arms Export Control Act, which bars the shipment of military technology without State Department approval.
In March, Metin Tanir, 51, the president of a Canadian import-export company and a Montreal resident, pleaded guilty to conspiring to smuggle the electronics equipment and radar components.
He also agreed to testify against the two other defendants. Earlier this week, he said he never told the other two defendants that the alleged deal violated U.S. law.
Authorities then agreed to drop their case against Selahattin Oguzata, 46, president of an export-import business and a resident of Ankara, Turkey, and to permit him to plead guilty to an unrelated currency charge involving the transportation of $12,000 in traveler’s checks.
He maintained that he did not intend to break any laws and that the traveler’s checks were to cover expenses while traveling and were not related to any equipment negotiations.
U.S. District Judge Harold Ackerman sentenced him to 211 days, the amount of time he had been in custody since his arrest.
On Thursday, Gungor Yengin, 48, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Turkish air force, was permitted to plead guilty to a reduced charge involving failure to obtain the proper export licenses. Ackerman sentenced him to 213 days, the amount of time he had been in custody since his arrest.
His attorney said he never intended to violate any laws.