On 28 October, a news release from Immigration & Customs Enforcement advised that a Chicago technology executive had pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge and admitted illegally exporting computer equipment from the US to a nuclear research agency of the Pakistani government. Obaidullah Syed, 66, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to export goods from the US without a licence from the Department of Commerce and to submitting false export information. He and the other conspirators falsely represented to computer manufacturers that the illegal shipments were intended for Pakistan-based universities or Syed’s businesses, and not their true destination.
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