Balldev Naidu, of whom we have written before, and who was extradited to America from Singapore in 2009, has been found guilty on terrorism charges by a federal jury in the U.S. State of Maryland.
Naidu is a founding member of Singapore’s Reform Party.
Like most fugitives, Naidu goes by a number of aliases—Balraj Naidu, Ballraj Naidu—anything to throw us off his trail.
Naidu will be sentenced on December 16, 2010, and faces up to 15 years’ imprisonment.
Naidu had arranged to purchase 28 tons of state-of-the-art US-made weapons and ammunition worth about US$900,000 (S$1.18 million) from a company in Maryland.
No indication has been given where the money came from for the purchase, nor of who is financing Naidu.
Naidu did not know he was dealing with a sting operation run by undercover U.S. FBI agents.
The weapons Naidu purchased were shipped to the U.S. territory of Guam.
He had also tried to buy weapons from China, Thailand, North Korea, the Philippines and Indonesia.
At the trial, Singaporean Eric Pala was granted immunity to testify against Naidu. Fellow convicted Singaporean terrorist, Mr. Haniffa, from Naidu’s group also testified against Naidu.
U.S. Prosecutors produced Mr. Wilcox, an arms expert, who supervised the arrest in Guam of Naidu’s co-conspirators. Also testifying were Mr. Burgess—an investigator with the U.S. embassy in Singapore, and FBI agent, “David'” who posed as an arms dealer in the FBI sting operation in Maryland against Naidu.
To counter Singapore’s charges that Naidu had been unfairly arrested and could not get a fair trial in America, the U.S. Government paid for Mrs. Naidu to travel from Singapore to testify and to witness the full four-day court session.
The Judge, Catherine C Blake, agreed that granting this privilege would allow Mrs. Naidu to witness the legal process in the U.S. and be convinced that the U.S. proceedings gave her husband full and proper “due process” rights—unlike Singapore where there is no trial by jury.
The shocker in this case is that Naidu is a founding member of the Singapore’s opposition Reform Party. Naidu is a close friend and partner of Reform Party secretary-general, Kenneth Jeyaretnam. In fact, Kenneth Jeyaretnam turned up at Naidu’s preliminary trial hearing in the U.S. in October last year.
The brother of Kenneth Jeyaretnam, Philip Jeyaretnam, is slated to become the head of Helen Yeo’s Singapore law firm, Rodyk and Davidson.
Philip Jeyaretnam has also inserted himself into Singapore’s Public Service Commission, an important body which passes on promotions in Singapore’s Civil Service.
The danger of Naidu and his connections to Kenneth and Philip Jeyaretnam cannot be over-estimated.
For instance, Singapore is home to the Changi Naval Base, a major facility hosting the 7th Fleet Logistics Force commander and his staff.
Hundreds of American naval vessels visit Changi, including such ships as the USS Kitty Hawk.
Commander, Logistics Group, Western Pacific (COMLOG WESTPAC) is based in Singapore.
COMLOG WESTPAC is responsible for the re-supply of food, weaponry, fuel and repair parts for US Navy in an area of over 51 million square miles of the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
This facility, critical for U.S. national security, is a prime target for terrorists.
We do not know Naidu’s intended target, but the presence of terrorists in Singapore is of major concern to the U.S.
The total population of Singapore stands at 5 million, of which a staggering 1.8 million are foreign laborers.
Recently, Singapore brought in over a million “guest workers.” Singapore’s importation of these vast amounts of foreign labor opens many doors to terrorists.
Already there are dozens of people living in Singapore who are wanted by the U.S., as we have mentioned in past articles.
Is Singapore safe for the 7th fleet? Is Singapore safe for investors, for banking—even for Singaporeans?
The answer to these questions is no!