Singaporean Balldev Naidu has been extradited to the U.S.
On Friday, December 18th, 2009, Balldev Naidu was extradited to the U.S. to face terrorism charges. God Bless America! It is about time that at least some of Singapore’s alleged arms traffickers be brought to justice.
Hopefully, the U.S. will investigate Balldev Naidu’s Facebook friends, including his supporter, friend, and partner, Singapore Reform Party boss, Kenneth Jeyaretnam and his brother, lawyer Philip Jeyaretnam of Rodyk and Davidson.
Balldev Naidu is not the only person in Singapore who is wanted for terrorist acts.
Indeed, there are others – people whose terrorist acts are apparently condoned and enabled by the Singapore government, where arms trafficking is big business.
Singapore’s arms traffickers
Mrs. Laura Wang-Woodford, a Singapore Permanent Resident, is an owner of Singapore-based aviation company, Monarch Aviation (Pte) Ltd.
Laura Wang-Woodford was arrested on December 23, 2007, at the San Francisco International Airport after arriving on a flight from Hong Kong.
She and her husband, Brian D. Woodford, also a Singapore Permanent Resident, and chairman of Monarch, were charged in a 20-count indictment on January 15, 2003. They were exporting U.S. arms to Iran – to be used to kill U.S. soldiers liberating Iraq.
After being detained without bail by the U.S., Ms. Wang-Woodford finally broke down and entered a guilty plea that she illegally exported controlled U.S. commercial aircraft parts from the United States to Monarch in Singapore and then re-exported those items to a company in Tehran, Iran.
On November 5, 2009, she was sentenced to a term in the U.S. federal prison. She is imprisoned at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City, her prison ID is 90584-111, classified as a 65 year old Asian female. This is a temporary holding tank, and she will be transferred at a later date. Given Ms Wang-Woodford’s age, it is doubtful that she will leave prison alive.
Laura Wang-Woodford’s husband, fugitive Brian D. Woodford, is believed to be in Southeast Asia, possibly Singapore. The Woodford’s residence in Singapore is 237 Arcadia Road, #01-03 Arcadia, Singapore 289844.
The Wang-Woodford’s company, Monarch Aviation (Pte) Ltd is located at 133 New Bridge Road, #16-09 Chinatown Point. Singapore 059413.
Their auditor, H. Wee & Co has offices at 15 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 436950, telephone +65-6744-5158. Wong Tze Roy, a director of Monarch, is a Singapore Citizen (ID S6916469), and lives at 221 Bishan Street 23 #03-171, Singapore 570221.
On May 22, 2008, the U.S. also indicted Wang-Woodford and her husband, Brian Woodford, for operating Jungda International Pte. Ltd (“Jungda”), a Singapore-based successor to Monarch.
The Woodfords attempted to hide behind Jungda which is located at 336 Smith Street, #05-303 New Bridge Centre, Singapore 050336. Yeo Tiong Leng, a Singaporean (ID S0231994b) of 209 Bukit Batok Street 21 #11-174, Singapore 650209 is a shareholder and director and Chong Gek Sing, a Singapore citizen, (ID S0108901C), 161 Mei Ling Street#16-315, Singapore 140161, is the corporate secretary of Jungda.
And the list of Singapore’s terrorists goes on:
On Oct 8, 2009, in Minneapolis, United States District Court Chief Judge Michael Davis sentenced Jian Wei Ding, 51, of Singapore, to 46 months in prison and two years of supervised release. Kok Tong Lim, 37, of Singapore, was sentenced to just over one year of confinement and two years of supervised release because of his cooperation in the investigation of illegally exporting sensitive materials to China via Singapore.
There are others, Indodial Pte Ltd, Multicore, etc. – many others.
How Singapore arms traffickers operate
The arms trade passing through Singapore is made possible by the issuance of false Singapore End-User Certificates.
The parties in an honest arms deal will file an End-User Certificate, noting what is being sold, who is selling it and to whom it is being sold. There is an understanding that the receiving party does not intend to transfer the weapons to a third country. For arms you need a valid End-User Certificate to obtain an export license from the U. S.
It would be possible, however, to obtain a false End-User Certificate by bribing an official in Singapore and then allowing the shipment of arms to pass through Singapore on its way to a third country, like Iran. In this case, Singapore must also allow the re-export of the arms.
According to Kathi Austin, Director of the Arms and Conflict Program in San Francisco, “Singapore imports a lot of weapons from the Waassenar group [of largely European nations], which is supposed to be a self-governing group to control arms trade to prevent wrong use,” Austin said. “But what do they [in Singapore] want with all those weapons? They are a conduit for third-country transfers, which are illicit because basically a country should carry an End-User Certificate and most often that is violated. The weapons are not going to Singapore; they are going to Indonesia, Malaysia and lots of parts of Africa.”
In Singapore, according to our latest information, an End-User Certificate is issued by the Trade Control Branch reporting to the Director-General, Singapore Customs.
Singapore’s End-User Certificate is a simple one-page form – easy to fill out – but don’t be tempted.