On 14 May, the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois sentenced Bilal Ahmed, of Bolingbrook, Illinois, to two years in prison followed by two years of supervised release for unauthorised exports of controlled items to Pakistan. According to a press release by the US Attorney’s Office, Ahmed had exported 203 controlled items through his company Trexim Corporation to various Pakistani entities, including the Pakistani Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission, over a four-year period. The items included a thermal imaging camera, materials for bullet-proof vests and microwave laminate. In pleading guilty to one count of wilfully violating export-control laws, Ahmed admitted he was aware that exporting some of these items required a licence from the US Department of State or US Department of Commerce.