US court sentences Pakistan's Imran Khan over unlawful export to Pakistan defence units

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US court sentences Pakistan's Imran Khan over unlawful export to Pakistan defence units

WASHINGTON - In a unique incident a US court has sentenced a Pakistani-origin businessman named Imran Khan.

He has been sentenced to three years of probation for unlawfully exporting material and equipment to Pakistan for its military.

Imran Khan of North Haven in Connecticut was sentenced in Bridgeport to three years of probation, the first six months of which the 44-year-old Khan must serve in home confinement for violating US export law.

Khan has also been ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and pay a USD 3,000 fine.

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

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

Khan had pleaded guilty to one count of violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. In his guilty plea in June 2017, Khan specifically admitted that, between August 2012 and January 2013, he procured, received and exported to Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), the Pakistan Space & Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), or the National Institute of Lasers & Optronics NILOP).

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