30 Jan 2008

US agents in CNMI arrested two Chinese over military gear export

5:25 pm on 30 January 2008

U.S. federal agents in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas have arrested two Chinese nationals accused of exporting military materials without a permit to China.

The Saipan Tribune reports that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency arrested Ding Zhengxing and Su Yang at a hotel in Chalan Kanoa village.

They are alleged to have exported broadcast noise devices to China without a permit.

An indictment of the pair was filed in U.S. District Court in El Paso, Texas last month.

Zhengxing, Yang, and a third person, Peter Zhu, were charged with conspiracy to illegally export defence articles, and aiding and abetting the illegal export of defence articles.

In addition, Zhu was charged with two counts of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.

U.S. District Court Judge David Wiseman, who is in Saipan, approved the transfer of Zhengxing and Yang to Texas.