- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 19, 2008

A former International Monetary Fund employee and her husband face up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to trying to ship dozens of weapons parts into Sudan on an overseas flight from Washington Dulles International Airport.

The pleas, entered in U.S. District Court in Alexandria last month, came more than a year after Entisar Hagosman also attempted to ship the items in a box labeled “car parts,” which was intercepted in Dubai, according to unsealed court filings.

In addition to prison, Hagosman and her husband, Khalid Ahmed, also face $250,000 in fines at sentencing in June.

It’s unclear why the pair were trying to ship the gun parts. Attorneys for the Woodbridge, Va., couple did not return phone messages yesterday.

According to court filings by prosecutors, the two were scheduled to fly from Dulles to Sudan last August, but were arrested after authorities found dozens of parts for assault rifles in two duffel bags. The charges relate to both the duffel-bag incident and the 2006 Dubai “car parts” box.

Ahmed pleaded guilty to trying to ship arms parts to Sudan, and his wife pleaded guilty to making false statements. Court records said Ahmed ran a computer repair business in Falls Church and Hagosman was employed at the IMF.

An IMF spokesman declined to elaborate on the case, but said officials were aware of the investigation.

“She was a secretary in the IMF Institute after joining it less than two years ago from a unit of the World Bank,” said IMF spokesman William Murray. “However, she has been on leave for some time and no longer works at the fund.”

Authorities also said Ahmed bought handcuffs and military rifle sights from a gun shop in Northern Virginia. The records said he told investigators a store worker at one gun shop told him the law permits shipping gun parts to Sudan, but investigators said store workers disputed the account.

Sudan has been under a U.S. embargo since 1997, after the country was deemed a state sponsor of terrorism.

Under federal law, anyone who ships technology and weapons to Sudan must apply for a license from the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.

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