Long Island Man Arrested for Illegally Exporting F-5 and F-14 Fighter Jet Components

NEW YORK, July 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jilani Humayun, a/k/a "Zach H.," a/k/a "S. Humayun," was arrested today on charges relating to the export of defense articles listed on the U.S. Munitions List (the "Munitions List") to a company (the...

The case is being prosecuted as part of New York's Export Violation Operation Center ("EVOC"), launched by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York in early 2006. EVOC includes representatives from various federal agencies (including ICE, BIS, FBI, and DCIS) dedicated to preventing the illegal export of software, goods, and technology, particularly to those entities and countries that pose a risk to U.S. national security.

The case was investigated by ICE, BIS, and DCIS. The U.S. Department of State for their assistance in this investigation.

"The prosecution of those within the United States who illegally export military equipment and sensitive technologies to foreign entities is one of our most critical national security initiatives," said Michael J. Garcia, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. The details of the crime with which Jilani Humayun is charged are particularly disturbing, as he is alleged to have knowingly shipped technology as dangerous as F-5 and F-14 parts to Malaysia without any regard for the ultimate destination. As is well-documented in public reports, the sole customer of F-14 parts is the Iranian Air Force."

"One of ICE's most important mandates is to prevent criminals and hostile nations from illegally obtaining weapons and dual-use technology from the United States ," said Julie Myers , Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "Today's arrest highlights ICE's aggressive pursuit of those who put profit and greed in front of our security."

"Today's arrest demonstrates that federal law enforcement agencies responsible for enforcing our export control laws continue to work together to keep the most sensitive goods out of the most dangerous hands," said Darryl W. Jackson , the Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement of the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security.

"The illegal export of U.S. military technology and weapons is one of the most significant and growing threats to our national security," said Charles W. Beardall, the Director of the U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Criminal Investigative Service. "Today's arrest reflects the ongoing commitment of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, in cooperation with our law enforcement partners and the U.S. Attorney's Office, to aggressively pursue those who steal and illegally export our sensitive and valuable technology. Any attempt to circumvent the export laws will be fully investigated and prosecuted to ensure that America's Warfighters maintain their tactical and strategic advantage around the world."

Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher L. Lavigne is in charge of the prosecution.

The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice