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Remand extended for Singaporeans accused of exporting bomb parts

11-02-2011 14:27 BJT

SINGAPORE, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- The four Singaporeans who were accused by the United States of selling components that can be used as bomb parts to Iran were remanded for another week, local daily Straits Times reported on Wednesday.

District Judge Toh Yung Cheong said on Tuesday that the date for the committal hearing on their extradition to the United States would be set during the next court hearing on Nov. 8. It could be between Nov. 21 and Nov. 25.

The four Singaporeans, including three men and a woman, were remanded without bail last week after the United States Department served extradition papers on them for allegedly importing 6,000 radio frequency modules from a company based in Minnesota, United States, of which some ended up in roadside bombs targeting the coalition forces in Iraq.

The United States Justice Department accused the Singaporeans and the Iranian of importing the devices, claiming that they will be used for a telecommunications project in Singapore, but instead selling them through other traders to Iran.

The United States has sanctions and embargoes in place against Iran over the past decades. Singapore and the United States have a bilateral extradition treaty in place.

The Iranian remained at large and lives in Iran, the U.S. Justice Department said.

Singapore's Law and Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam has said that Singapore takes its international obligations seriously and "will commence proceedings" against anyone who is believed to have acted in violation of international sanctions.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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