LOS ANGELES: An international arms dealer was sentenced to 30 years in prison by a Los Angeles federal court Monday for conspiring to sell surface-to-air missiles to Libyan militants and other customers in the Middle East, rpeorts AFP.
The trafficking operation run by Rami Najm Asad-Ghanem was described as “breathtaking and frightening” by Judge James Otero, who pronounced the sentence.Ghanem, a 53-year-old naturalized American citizen, pleaded guilty to multiple federal crimes at his trial in November.
He was accused of negotiating the sale of Russian-made missile systems to a Libyan armed faction in 2015.
Prosecutors said Ghanem had negotiated salaries and organized travel for mercenaries who would receive $50,000 if they successfully shot down planes belonging to the internationally recognized Libyan government.
US authorities were alerted to Ghanem in 2014 after he approached a Los Angeles-based defense manufacturer.