Lu Zhang, 28, sole director of SP Trading Ltd, pleaded guilty on 4 November 2010 to 74 charges in the Auckland District Court and was convicted but no penalty was imposed, said her lawyer Frank Deliu.
She could have faced up to five years in jail and/or a fine of $200,000, but was convicted and discharged. She was accused of making false statements in company registration forms by claiming that her office address was her residence. She registered 75 companies. (Auckland NZPA) The charges followed the seizure last year of weapons, including rockets and grenades, from North Korea bound for Iran. An aircraft was allegedly hired by SP Trading, which was registered with an Auckland address and listed Zhang as a director, according to the Companies Office. In the case of SP Trading, the owner has yet to be formally revealed but is believed to be Kazakh arms dealer Alexander Zykov, who chartered the plane.
Chinese warning on court case angers judge. Dominion Post. 5/11/2010 http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/4310520/Chinese-warning-on-court-case-angers-judge