US engineer gets 32 years for tech sale to China – report

2011-01-25 07:37

Washington – A former B-2 stealth bomber engineer, found guilty of selling sensitive military technology to China, has been given a 32-year prison sentence.

Noshir Gowadia (66) was convicted of five offences in August following a trial in a federal court in Hawaii. He had been accused of passing on design information that would allow cruise missiles to avoid infra-red detection.

“We’re a little disappointed (the judge) didn’t give him a life sentence, that’s the sentence that would’ve sent the best message,” assistant US attorney Ken Sorenson said yesterday after the sentenced was announced, reported local KHON2 news.

“But 32 years is stiff and in many ways an appropriate sentence for him,” added Sorenson.

Said Gowadia’s son, Ashton, according to the report: “We believe very strongly that he’s innocent, and we very much look forward to the appeals process in the 9th circuit.”

Gowadia was found guilty of illegally communicating classified information, as well as illegally retaining defence information following a 40-day trial.

“He provided some of our country’s most sensitive weapons-related designs to the Chinese government for money,” Assistant Attorney General for National Security David Kris said in a statement at the time.

Gowadia was arrested in October 2005 and accused of communicating national defence information to a person not entitled to receive it. Further charges were added on subsequent indictments issued up until 2007.

During his trial, prosecutors alleged Gowardia made repeated trips to China between 2003 and 2005 to provide defence services in the form of design, test support and test data analysis of technologies related to China’s cruise missile programme.

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