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Kiwi guilty in US over aircraft parts

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/12/2016
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A New Zealand man has been found guilty in the United States of trying to buy parts used in aircraft and missiles so he could sell them to China.

William Ali was charged with violating the Arms Export Control Act and found guilty after a three-day trial in Seattle this week, Associated Press reports.

Federal prosecutors said Ali, who is also a Fijian citizen, tried to buy aircraft parts called accelerometers, which measure acceleration forces, without a licence from a US company.

Ali argued undercover agents induced him to fly to the US to buy the parts and he had no idea they could be used for missiles.

He will be sentenced in March.

The Fiji Sun reported in May, following his arrest, that Ali had worked as an engineer for Fiji Airways and also Air New Zealand when he lived here.

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