German smuggled nuclear technology: report

26th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

26 September 2005, MUNICH, GERMANY - Authorities in Munich have filed charges against a German businessman in connection with smuggling of uranium-enrichment equipment to Pakistan, according to a report Saturday.

26 September 2005

MUNICH, GERMANY - Authorities in Munich have filed charges against a German businessman in connection with smuggling of uranium-enrichment equipment to Pakistan, according to a report Saturday.

The unnamed defendant faces 23 counts of violating German law prohibiting export of sensitive technology to countries seeking to acquire nuclear capacity, said the report in Focus news magazine.

The executive of the Pfeiffer Vacuum company, which manufactures vacuum pumps and valves, reportedly funnelled spectrometers and other equipment to Pakistan for use in the enrichment of weapons-grade uranium.

The shipments left Germany via the North Sea ports of Hamburg and Bremen en route to middle men in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. From there, they were taken overland to Kahuta, site of Khan Research Laboratories, said the report.

DPA

Subject: German news

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