Man accused of attempting to sell missiles to terrorist group appears in Newark court

A man accused of attempting to sell shoulder-fired missiles to a terrorist group appeared in federal court in Newark Tuesday.

Prosecutors arrested 69-year-old Helmant Lakhani in August of 2003 in a Newark hotel room after they watched him try to broker a deal for months. Prosecutors say Lakhani tried to sell 51 Russian-made missiles from arms dealers to a terrorist group that wanted to take down U.S. planes.

Lakhani?s attorney says he had no ties to terrorist organizations. Lakhani is a native of India and a longtime British citizen. The trial is expected to last at least 10 weeks. Lakhani could spend his life in prison if convicted.

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