Berlin-German federal prosecutors said on Tuesday that they had arrested German and Iranian men suspected of exporting equipment used in Iran and missile programs in violation of European Union sanctions.
Police have searched 11 locations, including apartments and offices associated with the suspects in Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein and North Rhine-Westphalia, prosecutors said.
The suspect, identified only as Alexander J. under privacy regulations, is worth € 1.1 million to Iranians blacklisted by the EU as a front desk for Iranian companies to procure equipment for nuclear and rocket programs. Shipped the equipment.
The GBA’s Prosecutor’s Office said the suspect was asked to procure experimental equipment in 2018 and 2019. He shipped two spectrometers to Iran in January 2020, raised for 166,000 euros ($ 196,987), and six months later two other spectrometers raised for 388,000 euros ($ 458,059).
He did not apply to EU blacklist recipients for a special export license that would be required to ship such equipment.
Western nations have long accused Iran of seeking nuclear weapons that Tehran has denied. In 2015, Iran signed an agreement with the world’s major powers to curb its nuclear program in exchange for lifting international sanctions. US President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal, and Iran responded by violating some of its terms. Negotiations were held this year to revive it.