Trial resumes in Newark for the suspect in the shoulder-fired missile case
The trial of a British businessman accused of trying to sell shoulder-fired missiles to terrorist groups resumed Monday in Newark.
Hemant Lakhani, 69, had not been in court for several weeks while he underwent heart surgery to unblock several arteries. Lakhani faces charges including attempting to provide material support to terrorists and attempting to sell arms without a license. However, he has denied all charges and any links to terrorism.
A federal prosecutor has said Lakhani conspired to bring 200 shoulder-fired missiles into the United States and told the buyer how the weapons could be used against jetliners. The jury heard more testimony from witness Muhammed Habib Rehman. Rehman is the FBI informant prosecutors say paid to have Lakhani broker a deal for Russian shoulder-fired missiles.
Lakhani?s attorney says Lakhani?s case is a classic case of entrapment. His attorney adds that if the government hadn?t contacted Lakhani, he never would have been involved in the missile business. If convicted, Lakhani could spend up to 25 years in prison.