Tue, May 11, 2004
Koreans Accused Of Illegally Trafficking In
Two South Koreans have been indicted by a federal court in
Bridgeport (CT) on charges of illegally shipping -- get this -- two
S-70 turbine engines for a Black Hawk helicopter to China.
Federal prosecutors say Kwonhwan Park and Sung-Ryul Chun had
four more on order, too. They're accused of telling the State
Department that the engines, built by Sikorsky, were headed for the
Malaysian and South Korean armies. Diverting the engines to China
would cause a few wrinkled brows at the State Department because of
a little legal ditty called the Arms Export Control Act.
Park was arrested last month while
trying to board a flight from Dulles International Airport (VA) to
Beijing while carrying parts for night vision goggles, according to
federal court documents. He pleaded not guilty Monday.
Chun is still on the loose. Federal authorities have issued a
warrant for his arrest. The federal indictment doesn't say where
Park and Chun got the money for the million-dollar engines. Nor
does it say whether those that were indeed shipped to China had
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