Engine maker linked to illegal sales to Myanmar

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13 May 2005, COLOGNE - Authorities in Germany on Friday said they have conducted raids on offices of the Deutz AG engine manufacturing corporation in connection with an investigation into illegal sales of weapons-ready products to Myanmar.

13 May 2005

COLOGNE - Authorities in Germany on Friday said they have conducted raids on offices of the Deutz AG engine manufacturing corporation in connection with an investigation into illegal sales of weapons-ready products to Myanmar.

Prosecutors in Cologne said the raids focused on the Deutz headquarters in Cologne as well as branch offices in Mainz and in the port of Hamburg.

Deutz issued a statement denying any wrongdoing.

At issue are shipments of engines and engine parts to a company in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) between December 2000 and March 2001, according to a report in Focus news magazine.

The equipment reportedly was then shipped to a Ukrainian weapons factory where the parts were incorporated into a new armoured personnel carrier, the diesel-powered BRT-3U vehicle which accommodates six men and has an array of defensive weapons.

Ukraine's state-owned Kharkiv Moozov military tracked-vehicle manufacturer says on its website that the BTR-3U armoured personnel carrier was developed in 2000-2001 by an international consortium.

"The companies involved in the project include the Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau of Ukraine, the ADCOM MANUFACTURING Company Limited WLL of Abu-Dhabi UAE, the State Scientific Technical Centre of Artillery & Rifle Arms of Ukraine, the Deutz AG company of Germany, the Allison Transmission company of the USA and some other sub-contractors," according to the website.

Deutz spokeswoman Andrea Bleesen said Friday that the allegations are unfounded.

"Deutz acted entirely within the law in exporting the engines to the United Arab Emirates," she said, noting that neither the UAE nor Ukraine are on Germany's list of trade-embargoed countries.

She said the UAE firm had given assurances that the finished vehicles were destined for delivery back to the UAE.

DPA

Subject: German news

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