British Man Faces 'Dirty Bomb' Charge in U.S.
A British man held in the United States on charges of trying to sell missiles to shoot down planes will face additional charges of plotting to procure a “dirty bomb,” prosecutors said on Thursday. Hemant Lakhani, an Indian-born 68-year-old London arms dealer who was arrested in August in a FBI sting operation, “was indicted today with new allegations that he also offered to procure anti-aircraft guns, tanks, armored personnel carriers, radar systems and a ‘dirty bomb,”‘ U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie of Newark, New Jersey, said in a statement. “Dirty bomb” is the term used by law enforcement and security authorities to refer to an unconventional radioactive or chemical device that can be detonated. Prosecutors charged Lakhani with one count of “attempting to provide material support to terrorists” that carries a maximum of 15 years in prison if he is convicted and a $250,000 fine. The indictment contains several other charges that carry possible prison terms of between two and 20 years. Full Story