Subject: Ex-Indonesian general pleads guilty in arms export case

Associated Press Saturday, February 24, 2007

Ex-Indonesian general pleads guilty in arms export case

BALTIMORE (AP): A retired Indonesian Marine Corps general pleaded guilty in U.S. court Friday to money laundering and conspiring to provide material support to the Tamil Tigers, a designated foreign terrorist group.

Erick Wotulo, 59, conspired last year to export weapons and other military technology to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, also known as the Tamil Tigers, operating in Sri Lanka, according to the plea agreement.

The state-of-the-art firearms, machine guns and ammunition, surface-to-air missiles and night-vision goggles were to be used against Sri Lankan government forces.

The conspirators contacted an undercover business in Maryland about the sale of military weapons. Erick helped acquire and arrange the proposed delivery to the Tamil Tigers, the plea agreement said.

Erick was arrested in September in Guam, where he had traveled to meet other conspirators and undercover agents posing as arms merchants.

Erick faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison for conspiracy to provide material support and a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for money laundering at his sentencing, scheduled for May 25.


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------------------------------------------ Joyo Indonesia News Service

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