Man sentenced for attempting to send U.S. military technology to Pakistan

 Man sentenced for attempting to send U.S. military technology to Pakistan. TUCSON,  A Pakistani man was sentenced in Arizona to 33 months in prison for attempting to export sensitive military technology to his home country.

A Pakistani man, Syed Vaqar Ashraf, was sentenced in arizona to 33 months imprisonment for conspiracy to illegally export gyroscopes, used in military drones, to Pakistan. Photo by Senior Airman Olufemi A. Owolabi/U.S. Air Force/UPI

Syed Vaqar Ashraf, 71, of Lahore, Pakistan, previously pleaded guilty to several charges of conspiracy to export defense controlled items without a license, and was sentenced Thursday in Tucson by U.S. District Judge Rosemary Marquez of the District of Arizona.

Ashraf attempted to obtain gyroscopes used in military drones and ship them to Pakistan for use by the Pakistani military. The gyroscopes were purchased in the name of a shell company and delivered to Belgium, where Ashraf inspected them and prepared them for shipment to Pakistan.

He was under investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations agency; in August 2014 was arrested by Belgium Federal Police and turned over to HSI authorities.

By Ed Adamczyk