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British Suspect Convicted in Attempted Missile Sale in US


A British businessman has been convicted in the United States of trying to sell anti-aircraft missiles to terrorists.

The verdict against Hemant Lakhani was announced Wednesday in a New Jersey federal court. Lakhani now faces up to 25 years in prison at his sentencing hearing, scheduled for August 8.

Lakhani was arrested in 2003 following an undercover FBI operation. Prosecutors based their case on recorded conversations between Lakhani and an undercover Pakistani informant posing as a terrorist.

Lakhani has denied all charges, and his attorney claimed the U.S. government trapped his client with promises of a multi-million-dollar payment if the deal went through.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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