Dumb Criminals

You don’t have to be sophisticated to be a …

Wednesday, September 14th, 2005 • Filed under News Links

In October 2001, a US government informant, posing as a Somali terrorist, offered a man named Lakhani “millions of dollars? if he could sell him shoulder-fired missiles to shoot down American planes. Lakhani then bought a missile from a Russian and imported it into the US, disguised as medical equipment. The weapon was a dud — the seller was a Russian agent helping the Americans. The Gujarat-born businessman was arrested in August 2003 and convicted in April this year of supporting terrorism, money-laundering and illegal imports. Lakhani, a failed businessman who had declared bankruptcy, said he was no arms dealer. “There was no coercion. No threats, no guns to the defendant’s head,? a prosecutor said. “You don’t have to be sophisticated to be a criminal. You can be a dumb criminal.?

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