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Pakistani Pleads Guilty In U.S. Court To Nuclear Export Allegations

A Pakistani man has pleaded guilty in a U.S. court to illegally attempting to transfer nuclear-related materials to Pakistan.

The U.S. Justice Department said Nadeem Akhtar, 46, who lived in the state of Maryland, near Washington, entered the guilty plea on September 9 at a court hearing in the Maryland city of Baltimore.

He faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine at his sentencing, scheduled for January 6, 2012.

Under a plea agreement with prosecutors, Akhtar, who owned a company called Computer Communication USA, admitted that he and his conspirators used the firm from 2005 through 2010 to obtain or attempt to obtain nuclear-related devices and equipment.

The items included radiation detection devices and resins for coolant water purification.

Prosecutors said he attempted to procure the items under false pretenses in order to send them to Pakistani organizations that are "of concern" to U.S. authorities.

compiled from agency reports