US says Singapore man Lim Yong Nam pleads guilty to plot to export Iraq bomb parts

Lim Yong Nam faces charges of conspiring to defraud the United States by acquiring 6,000 radio frequency modules under false pretences. He and three others are said to have smuggled electronic components to Iran that were used in explosives in Iraq.
Lim Yong Nam faces charges of conspiring to defraud the United States by acquiring 6,000 radio frequency modules under false pretences. He and three others are said to have smuggled electronic components to Iran that were used in explosives in Iraq. ST FILE

WASHINGTON (REUTERS, THE WASHINGTON POST) - A Singapore citizen pleaded guilty on Thursday (Dec 15) to a federal charge stemming from his role in illegally exporting, through Iran, parts found in improvised explosive devices in Iraq, the US Justice Department said.

Lim Yong Nam, also known as Steven Lim, 42, was extradited to the United States from Indonesia earlier this year.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 9 in Washington, and the parties have agreed that he would face between 46 and 57 months in prison and a fine of up to US$100,000 (S$144,000) , a Justice Department statement said.

Lim was indicted in June 2010 on additional charges, including smuggling, illegal export of goods to Iran and making false statements. 

 
 

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