Singaporean terrorist, Lim Yong Nam (a.k.a. Lin Rongnan, Steven Lim and Yong Nam Lim) is finally in United States custody after Indonesian police handed him over to the U.S. counterparts in Jakarta on March 31st.
Lim, who faces charges for breaching an American trade embargo against Iran, was sent to Jakarta from Batam island, where he had been held while the U.S. extradition request was being reviewed by Indonesia.
Indonesia has no formal extradition agreement with the US, but Indonesian law allows for such requests to be considered on a case- by-case basis. A Batam district court granted the request last year.
Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, endorsed the court’s ruling in January.
Singapore lawyer Boy Kanu, who represented Lim in Batam, said his client had tried to appeal to be sent to Singapore instead.
Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on March 31st it has contacted the relevant US authorities to ask for information on the legal process that Lim will face in the US. “We have also requested the US to ensure that Mr. Lim is accorded his due legal rights. MFA will continue to discharge our consular responsibilities by providing Mr. Lim with the necessary assistance,” an MFA spokesman said in a harshly critical statement. It appears that the MFA is sympathetic to the terrorist.
Lim is accused of acquiring 6,000 radio frequency modules, improvised explosive device (IED) triggers, for export to Iran. The U.S. had asked Singapore to extradite him in 2011, but Singapore High Court Judge, sympathetic Choo Han Teck, found that the crime he was accused of was not an offence in the Republic. Really?
Lim had been held in Batam since October 2014 after he went to the island supposedly to attend a “trade exhibition.”
In 2011, Lim was indicted along with three other Singaporeans and an Iranian national by the U.S. Department of Justice for conspiring to allow electronics components from the US to be exported illegally to Iran instead of their stated final destination, which was Singapore.
Normally, shipments of U.S. arms via Singapore to Iran are illegal. The arms trade passing through Singapore is made possible by bribing Singapore officials for 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.
The arms traffickers had to have the cooperation of the Singapore officials to issue a false End-User Certificate to re-export the IED devices to Iran.
In Singapore an End-User Certificate is issued by the Trade Control Branch under the Director-General of Singapore Customs. Mr. Fong Yong Kian.
Apparently, Singapore is very active in the illegal arms trade. First Balldev Naidu, and now this.
The US alleged that 16 of the modules were found later in improvised explosive devices in Iraq that had not been detonated. The remainder of the 6,000 IED triggers most likely killed many people in Iraq, including Americans.
In Washington, D.C., Lim Yong Nam, aka Steven Lim, 42, a citizen of Singapore, pleaded guilty today to a federal charge stemming from his role in a conspiracy that allegedly caused thousands of radio frequency modules to be illegally exported from the U.S. to Iran. At least 16 of the components were later found in unexploded improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Iraq. Lim now faces sentencing. Justice takes its course…