Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Ireland's reputation takes new hit

Already battling the label of a haven and with ethics in the banking-property sector that would shame an actual haven, this is not what Ireland needs --

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Irish trading company and three of its officers have been charged with sending helicopter engines and other aircraft parts to Iran.

A 25-count indictment unsealed in federal court in Washington Tuesday charges the Mac Aviation Group and three men of buying the components from U.S. companies and sending them to Iran through companies in Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates ... Justice Department officials said they are seeking the arrest and deportation of the three Irishmen — company owner Tom McGuinn, his son Sean McGuinn, who is the sales director, and commercial manager Sean Byrne.

The three need to compare notes with Sean Garland.

[more on the indictment]

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