Swiss court: Czech man sold tech to Iran

27th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

Federal Criminal Court Thursday finds a Czech man guilty of exporting weapons technology to Iran.

BELLINZONA - A Swiss court on Thursday found a Czech man guilty of breaking export laws by selling technology to Iran that could be used for missile-building.

The Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona sentenced the unidentified 61-year-old man to pay fines and court costs totaling CHF 5,000. The court also ordered some CHF 26,500 in profits seized.

Prosecutors said the man exported electronic components in 2004 to 2006 to companies in Malaysia and Hong Kong that are known to obtain goods for Iran's armament program.

The man failed to declare the exports to Swiss authorities as he was ordered to do in August 2004, prosecutors said. He told the court that he chose not to declare the goods because he assumed they were harmless.

Swiss firms came under scrutiny in the past for selling sensitive goods to Iran.

AP / Expatica

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