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Fiji man found guilty of trying to sell devices to China

A United States jury has found a Fijian man guilty of going to the U.S. to buy devices used in aircraft and missiles so he could sell them to China. William Gulshan Ali, a former Fiji Airways aircraft engineer, worked and lived in New Zealand. He used to work for Eagle Airways in New Zealand […]

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December 16, 2016 8:14 am

A United States jury has found a Fijian man guilty of going to the U.S. to buy devices used in aircraft and missiles so he could sell them to China.

William Gulshan Ali
William Gulshan Ali

William Gulshan Ali, a former Fiji Airways aircraft engineer, worked and lived in New Zealand. He used to work for Eagle Airways in New Zealand as a licensed aircraft engineer in support of Air New Zealand’s domestic services.

After a three-day trial in U.S. District Court in Seattle, the jury rejected claims by Ali that the case was entrapment by agents with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Ali claimed an undercover agent induced him to come to Seattle to purchase the devices.

Federal prosecutors argued successfully that Ali sought the accelerometers and gyroscopes for a customer in China. Anyone exporting those devices must first acquire a license from the U.S. Department of State. Ali opted against getting a permit, despite warnings that he would be violating the law.

His sentencing was set for March 6.

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