Man Pleads Guilty in Plot to Ship Arms

An Indonesian businessmen pleaded guilty in a plot federal authorities say aimed to buy hundreds of handguns, machine guns, air-to-air missiles and aviation radar equipment for export to Indonesia.

Under a plea agreement, 41-year-old Hadianto Djoko Djuliarso faces up to seven years and three months in prison for conspiracy to violate the Arms Export Control Act and money laundering, according to the U.S. attorney's office. He entered the plea Thursday.

Djuliarso, the last of four businessmen to plead guilty to conspiring to violate the act, also agreed to forfeit about $600,000 seized during the investigation.

Djuliarso was arrested in April along with Ignatius Ferdinandus Soeharli, 49, of Indonesia; Ibrahim Bin Amran, 46, of Singapore; and David Beecroft, 44, of the United Kingdom.

Amran, who also pleaded guilty to money laundering, faces up to seven years and three months in prison. Soeharli faces up to four years and nine months in prison.

David Beecroft was sentenced in December to eight months in prison and will be deported following his release.

Sentencing dates for Djuliarso, Soeharli and Amran have not yet been set.


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