Brooklyn Jew suspected of links to arms-smuggling into IsraelBy Yossi Melman, Haaretz CorrespondentHaaretz.com
A court in Bridgeport, Connecticut on Friday charged a 70-year-old Jewish resident of Brooklyn with alleged involvement in smuggling weapons into Israel.
Leib Kohn, who is suspected of involvement in smuggling components for missiles and radar systems into Israel, was freed on bail set at $200,000.
Sources involved in the investigation believe that Israel was not the final destination for the equipment, but was rather a transition point to a destination that is still unclear.
The court was told that Kohn had acquired the components for the military radar, which is used in F14 Phantom jets, as well as for missile systems from the Radio Research International company based in Waterbury, Connecticut.
The company itself is not suspected of involvement in the affair.
District prosecutor Kevin O'Connor praised Israel Police for its cooperation and assistance in the investigation.
The charges against Kohn include violation of the export laws and international weapons smuggling and trading.