2 Indonesian men sentenced in military gear deal

April 25, 2007|By Matthew Dolan | Matthew Dolan,Sun reporter

Two arms dealers from Indonesia who contacted undercover federal agents in Maryland and tried to buy restricted military equipment were sentenced to just more than a year in federal prison in Baltimore yesterday.

U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Reinhard Rusli, 35, and Helmi Soedirdja, 33, to a year and a day in prison followed by two years of supervised release for attempting to illegally export night vision devices and money laundering. Federal sentencing guidelines called for a prison term of 30 to 36 months. But Blake departed from those advisory guidelines, saying that Rusli and Soedirdja played minor roles in the scheme, later provided assistance to authorities and were unlikely to commit more crime.

Prosecutors said both defendants would be deported after they complete their sentences. According to court papers, the Indonesian men contacted undercover immigration agents to try to buy monocular night vision and holographic weapons sight devices.

Last August, Rusli and Soedirdja sent $2,950 from Indonesia to the United States to obtain the equipment, which is based on protected technology that cannot be exported out of the country without government permission.

matthew.dolan@baltsun.com

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