Indian clothing merchant turned bomb broker jailed for 47 years in New Jersey
September 15, 2005
Terror case Brit jailed for 47 yearshttp://www.manchesteronline.co.uk/men/news/s/173/173817_terror_case_brit_jailed_for_47_years.html Terror case Brit jailed for 47 years Victoria Ward
JAIL: Lakhani is driven into court yesterday.A BRITISH businessman has been jailed for 47 years in the U.S. after being convicted of attempting to support terrorism.
Hemant Lakhani, 70, carried out "heinous crimes" which included brokering an arms deal for an undercover FBI agent.
He had been found guilty in April of attempting to support terrorism and illegal weapons brokering after a complex FBI sting that involved intelligence spanning three continents.
Passing sentence, Judge Katherine Hayden told New Jersey District Court in Newark: "There is overwhelming evidence that Mr Lakhani was prepared to sell missiles to terrorists to shoot down aircraft which could have killed hundreds of human beings.
"He illustrated a single-minded greed and determination to profit from the arms trade."
Lakhani, from London, broke down as he addressed the court, pleading for leniency.
"You have no idea what this has done to me," he said. "My health is no good, I can hardly walk.
"I do not want to die here in this country.
"Me, my wife and my son are a small unit and I wish to get home as soon as possible. Everybody wants to die in their own motherland."
The Indian-born clothing merchant was arrested in August 2003.