London-based arms dealer caught
Syed Bukhari who had supplied surface-to-air missiles and helicopters worth #50 mn to Pakistan is now on trial after having been snared in #22 mn FBI sting.Updated: Feb 07, 2006 20:15 IST
The London-based arms dealer Syed Bukhari and his family who had supplied surface-to-air missiles and helicopters worth £50 million to Pakistan are now on trial at the Old Bailey after having been snared in £22 million FBI sting.
Bukhari, allegedly agreed to supply rocket launchers, machine-gun and grenades to terrorists -- enough material to equip 1,000 soldiers and bring down military jets.
He did not know that he had unwittingly entered into a deal with an undercover FBI agent calling himself David Sullivan. He told Bukhari he was an illegal arms trader and that he was an agent for a terror group in Colombia.
Sullivan also told Bukhari he relied on smuggling, bribery and false documentation. Initially, Bukhari showed interest in what Sullivan could supply him. The question is where Bukhari intended to supply items like remote control system that would allow an unmanned aircraft to launch a missile attack and a guided laser system that pinpoints targets from a distance.
But according to the prosecution, finally Bukhari agreed to supply weapons to Sullivan which were worth over £22 million.
The trial continues.
First Published: Feb 07, 2006 20:15 IST