US military goods-indictment

SEOUL, April 1 (Yonhap) -- Five South Koreans have been indicted without physical detention on charges of buying and reselling U.S. military equipment banned from circulation, prosecutors said Monday.

A 49-year-old suspect, only identified by his surname Hwang, is charged with buying about 60 U.S. military helmets, bulletproof vests and clubs from soldiers stationed at a U.S. military base in Dongducheon, 40 km north of Seoul, they said.

Hwang then allegedly resold the pieces at his store near the base to civilians who enjoy recreational paintball games, prosecutors added.

Another suspect, surnamed Kim, is suspected of purchasing four U.S. military items, such as night vision goggles and laser target designators, from another U.S. soldier in 2011, they said.

The equipment, including the night vision devices, which are attached to automatic machine guns and helmets to enhance visibility during night-time operations, are strictly banned by the U.S. Department of Defense for civilian use, they added.

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