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US court sentences businessman for unlawful export to Pakistan

A district court in the United States (US) sentenced a Pakistani-origin businessman to three years of probation on charges of procuring material and equipment reportedly for the Pakistani military unlawfully, media reports said on Saturday.

According to details, 44-year-old businessman Imran pleaded guilty to one count of violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. In his guilty plea in June 2017, Imran specifically admitted that, between August 2012 and January 2013, he procured, received and exported to Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, the Pakistan Space & Upper Atmosphere Research Commission, or the National Institute of Lasers & Optronics.

All of these companies are listed in the US Department of Commerce Entity List.

First six months of the three-year probation is in home confinement, John Durham, US Attorney for the District of Connecticut, said.

According to court documents and statements made in court, from 2012 to 2016, Imran and two of his family members engaged in a scheme to purchase goods that were controlled under the Export Administration Regulations and to export those goods without a license to Pakistan.

Through companies conducting business as Brush Locker Tools, Kauser Enterprises-USA and Kauser Enterprises-Pakistan, Imran, his father and brother received orders from a Pakistani company that procured materials and equipment reportedly for the Pakistani military, requesting them to procure specific products that were subject to the export regulations.

When the US manufacturers asked about the end-user for a product, the defendants either informed the manufacturer that the product would remain in the US or completed an end-user certification indicating that the product would not be exported, Durham said.

Earlier this year, Imran’s father Muhammad Ismail, and his brother, Kamran Khan, both pleaded guilty to one count of international money laundering, for causing funds to be transferred from Pakistan to the US in connection with the export control violations.

Both have been sentenced to 18 months of imprisonment. Ismail and Kamran Khan are both citizens of Pakistan and lawful permanent residents of the US.

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