They say it was done solely for "educational purposes"

In the latest episode of the Lik-Sang Saga, Sony admits that its senior staff bought PSPs from what are now deemed illegal sources, reports the BBC.

The UK High Court ruled last week that gaming e-tailer Lik-Sang's importation of Japanese PSPs to the UK and European Economic Area as illegal, citing that Japanese units were not certified to European safety standards. Sony then took legal action against Lik-Sang, which purportedly caused the e-tailer to shutdown.

Lik-Sang subsequently posted a notice on its Web site explaining the reason behind its closure, plus naming several Sony directors who illegally imported PSP units through the site.

Sony responded by denying any direct involvement in the shutdown of Lik-Sang while expressing its surprise that the e-tailer would reveal the specific names of its customers.

Sony admits its directors have bought PSPs from Lik-Sang, but are defending their actions by saying they the products were bought in order to check the nature of the goods that were being sold.

According to the BBC, the latest development in the grey-market crackdown is that a British judge ruled that it is illegal for the firm to import the Japanese version of PlayStation 3s into Europe ahead of its official release in March 2007.

The European gaming population will face more challenges than ever in importing Sony hardware. Sony, however, believes European gamers to be a patient bunch.

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