Haniffa Bin Osman

Charge Date: Tue Sep. 19, 2006
Investigation Type(s):Informant, Sting
Charges:Arms control violations, Criminal conspiracy, Firearms violations, Material support for terrorists, RICO/racketeering
Outcome:Pleaded guilty
Convictions:Material support for terrorists, RICO/racketeering
Alleged Affiliation:Tamil Tigers

Bin Osman was caught in a sting along with Thirunavukarasu Varatharasa, Helmi Soedirdja, Haji Subandi, Reinhard Rusli, and Erick Wotulo. Bin Osamn is a retired Indonesian Marine Corps General and was the lead broker; he was wined and dined by the undercover agents posing as arms dealers in Baltimore and test-fired some of the weapons. He requested photos and tech specifications, coordinated delivery of the weapons, discussed the commission he'd receive, provided the undercover agents/arms dealers with passports, and assisted in the down payment, wiring $752,000 into bank accounts.

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