Arms-sale conspiracy claimed
By Ken Kobayashi
Advertiser Courts Writer
By Ken Kobayashi
Two men were charged here yesterday with conspiring to export military aircraft parts to a company in Indonesia in violation of the federal Arms Export Control Act.
Ignatius Ferdinandus Soeharli, also known as "Igna," and David Beecroft were charged with conspiring to export the items without a required license from the U.S. State Department.
They were charged after they arrived here Friday and met with representatives from an unnamed U.S.-based company to discuss the transactions and also view samples of machine guns and military aircraft parts, according to an affidavit by an immigration and customs enforcement agent.
Soeharli arrived from Indonesia and Beecroft from Singapore, the document said.
Undercover federal agents met with the two men as well as two others who were indicted by a federal grand jury in Michigan last week on charges of money-laundering and violating the same federal law, the affidavit said.
The two men indicted by the grand jury are Ibrahim Bin Amran and Hadianto Djoko Djuliarso, according to the affidavit.
During the meetings here, Soeharli told representatives from the U.S.-based company he was the financier for the transactions, the affidavit said. The representatives also showed the men samples of MP-5 machine guns and later showed them military aircraft parts that were to be exported, the document said.
Amran earlier said the company purchasing the military items was Ataru Indonesia, which was owned by Djuliarso, according to the document.
Federal prosecutors here did not return calls for comment on the case.
The affidavit also said:
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