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NZ man charged over US aircraft parts

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/05/2016

A New Zealand man has been charged with trying to illegally buy aircraft parts to sell to a Chinese client.

William Ali, who is also a Fijian citizen, is due in a US District Court in Seattle on Friday, local time.

Federal prosecutors say Ali tried to buy aircraft parts called accelerometers, which measure acceleration forces, without a licence from a US company and therefore violating the Arms Export Control Act, Associated Press reports.

A Homeland Security agent began investigating Ali last year and in emails between the pair Ali said a Chinese company wanted a huge quantity of the high-quality US parts to make a variant of the MA60 aircraft.

He was arrested when he arrived in the US in April.

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

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