Home > News > World
Wednesday February 19, 2014 MYT 8:30:56 PM
Wednesday February 19, 2014 MYT 8:31:54 PM
BERLIN (Reuters) - German prosecutors said on Wednesday they had arrested a German-Iranian man suspected of exporting to the Islamic Republic goods that could be used in a weapons programme.
The products include vacuum pumps, valves and other industrial products that can be used for civil or military purposes, Federal Prosecutors said in a statement.
The 62-year old man, arrested in the Bonn area of western Germany on Tuesday, is suspected of acquiring almost 230,000 euros worth of goods made in Germany or in other states for Iran between 2011 and 2013.
Western nations have imposed economic sanctions and an arms embargo on Iran although there is some talk of easing these given a slight thaw in relations.
Six world powers, including Germany, are in talks with Iran about Tehran's contested nuclear programme. Iran rejects Western allegations that it is seeking a nuclear weapons capability and says it is enriching uranium only for electricity generation and medical purposes.
The goods were sent to an organisation in Iran that is responsible for a military residual propellant weapons programme and which has since 2007 been subject to an embargo, said prosecutors.
"It is therefore forbidden to make economic resources - and goods of any kind - available to this company," said the prosecutors.
The man is suspected of conducting his business via a company in an Arabian country neighbouring Iran to avoid export controls.
(Reporting by Madeline Chambers; Editing by John Stonestreet)
Man arrested in Germany for trying to blackmail disgraced Hoeness
Japan arrests three for Iran sanctions violations - report
Iran arrests tycoon accused of busting U.S. and EU sanctions - media
Exclusive: Iran importing missile-grade ore from Germany, France
Israel raps Palestinian U.N. draft as 'gimmick'
Iraqi Kurds liberate besieged Sinjar mountain, freeing hundreds
UK gives Falklands medal for Argentine war role, hails Thatcher memorial
Obama has power to further weaken Cuba sanctions
Ladies, time to stand up and fight for your man
Looking out for your ears
Lat’s ‘Kampung Boy’ takes second spot in Japanese award
Washington weighs response to Sony hack; options limited
Iran is opening its doors to Western tourists
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)