Forty-eight-year-old Singapore citizen Balraj Naidu was sentenced on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.
Naidu was convicted in October of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Naidu has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison for his terrorist activities.
Federal prosecutors say Naidu was part of a conspiracy to buy weapons for a terrorist organization in 1997.
The prosecutors say Naidu attempted to purchase grenade launchers, sniper rifles, machine guns, and other state of the art firearms worth US$ 900,000.
Naidu was charged following an undercover operation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Homeland Security Investigations jointly with Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Baltimore Police.
A second Singaporean, Eric Pala, was granted immunity to testify at Naidu’s trial. This would imply that there are other known terrorist elements residing in Singapore.
Naidu, is the co-founder of Singapore’s Reform Party along with Kenneth Jeyaretnam, the party’s Secretary General. Kenneth Jeyaretnam is the brother of Philip Jeyaretnam of Singapore law firm Rodyk and Davidson.
In January 2011, Philip Jeyaretnam will become Managing Partner of Rodyk and Davidson, taking over from Helen Yeo, wife of former Singapore cabinet minister Yeo Cheow Tong.
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