World Bulletin / News Desk
German police have arrested four men suspected of delivering valves for a heavy water reactor to Iran and breaking an embargo on such exports to the Islamic Republic imposed over its nuclear programme.
Prosecutors said some 90 customs officers arrested the men - one German and three with dual German and Iranian citizenship, at their homes in the northern cities of Hamburg and Oldenburg and the eastern town of Weimar, and searched flats and offices.
"In 2010 and 2011 the suspects are believed to have helped in the delivery of special valves for the construction of a heavy water reactor in Iran and therefore to have broken the Iran embargo," prosecutors said in a statement on Wednesday.
To avoid export controls, the men are suspected of having described the customer as a firm based inTurkey and Azerbaijan.
"The deliveries were part of an order worth several million euros which Iran was trying to use to secure the necessary valve technology to make a heavy water reactor," said the prosecutors.
The men were therefore suspected of breaking Germany's law on foreign trade and breaching military weapons controls.
Prosecutors named the men only as Kianzad Ka., Gholamali Ka., Hamid Kh. and Rudolf M. Customs officials also searched the property of another suspect in the eastern town of Halle/Saale as well as that individual's business.
Iran has been hit with several rounds of U.N. sanctions, plus tougher measures imposed by theEuropean Union and United States.
Last Mod: 15 Ağustos 2012, 14:40