British man convicted in US for attempting to aid terrorists

British man convicted in US for attempting to aid terrorists

[JURIST] A UK businessman was convicted on Wednesday of attempting to aid terrorists for selling a missile launcher to an informant claiming he was going to attack the US. Hemant Lakhani, a British citizen from India, was found guilty on five charges, including attempting to provide material support to terrorists and illegal arms sales. He was arrested in August 2003 [CBS News report] following a two-year sting operation. Prosecutors used video and audiotapes of conversations Lakhani had with an informant, in which he spoke admiringly of Osama bin Laden and boasted about the destructive force of the missile launcher he was trying to sell. Read a US Attorney's press release on the conviction and the criminal complaint [PDF text] against Lakhani. Reuters has more.