CONVICTED arms dealer B.R. Chaandrran was yesterday sentenced to 18 months in jail for conspiring to broker in strategic goods.
But he is out on S$50,000 bail (RM117,022) pending his appeal against the conviction and sentence.
A judge earlier found the 46-year-old guilty of scheming with Colin Mak Yew Loong last year to deliver 20,000 assault rifles worth US$3.4mil (RM12.4mil) to Syria when he was not registered to broker in such goods.
Chaandrran was the operations manager of Dannhauser International, which trades in various goods, including military equipment, and provides contract management services.
Mak, 30, the managing director of Sweden-based Protec Consulting, is now serving a nine-month jail term for the offence.
Seeking a stiff sentence, Deputy Public Prosecutor Lee Cheow Han described Chaandrran as the brains behind the plan to pass off the rifles as industrial machinery. He stood to gain a profit of US$200,000 (RM729,677) if the deal went through.
The DPP said Chaandrran played a more active role than Mak in negotiating with Maks boss Tony Thille to arrange for the sale of the rifles. Chaandrran knew from experience that AKMS rifles were listed as strategic goods.
DPP Lee noted the growing international concern that strategic goods and weapons might fall into the wrong hands. The Straits Times / Asia News Network
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