According to a report in the San Francisco Examiner, the dentist who allegedly facilitated an arms trading deal between rebels in the southern part of the Philippines and a party in the United States represented by now-suspended California state senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco – pictured) has died.
Wilson Lim, who operated a dental practice out of Daly City, California, died at Kindred Hospital in San Leandro on early Tuesday morning, according to his attorney Brian Getz. Getz said that he will file a motion this week to have Lim's indictment dismissed.
"He should be remembered as a tireless community contributor who took care of people's dental needs whether or not they could pay," Getz told the Examiner.
Lim was one of several named in a 228-count federal indictment alongside Yee. The FBI said that he was the principal contact for an alleged arms deal to sell weapons from the Philippines to an undercover FBI agent who was posing as a East Coast Mafioso.
Yee and his political consultant Keith Jackson allegedly crafted an elaborate plan with Lim to illegally import weapons from a militant group in the Philippines including machine guns and shoulder-mounted rocket launchers. Lim was Yee's contact for the weapons deal.
The deal fell through because all three were arrested by the FBI later that month.
You can read more about Lim in the San Francisco Examiner.
It's hard to gauge whether losing access to Lim helps or hurts the government's case against the suspended senator and anti-game crusader, but we will continue to follow this story as it develops.