Genocide suspect 'tried to bypass export ban'

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10 June 2005 , AMSTERDAM — Witnesses in the US and elsewhere have said Dutch genocide suspect Frans van A. intentionally tried to circumvent the ban on exporting chemicals to Iraq.

10 June 2005

AMSTERDAM — Witnesses in the US and elsewhere have said Dutch genocide suspect Frans van A. intentionally tried to circumvent the ban on exporting chemicals to Iraq.

Witnesses claim Van A. was unaware of the ban and tried to side-step it with various fraudulent schemes and companies. A bank director is even said to have assisted the businessman.

Public prosecutor Fred Teeven also told The Hague Court on Friday dozens of witnesses to chemical weapons attacks have provided statements in recent months.

Dutch justice officials are also taking statements from military doctors about the affects of chemical attacks.

In addition, Van A.'s finances are under investigation because a bugged telephone call indicated he has hidden a large sum of money somewhere, the prosecutor said.

Van A. is accused of war crimes and complicity to genocide committed by the Iraqi regime under the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein.

He allegedly exported raw materials to Iraq between 1984 and 1988. The Iraqi regime then used chemical weapons in the 1980-88 war against Iran and against the Kurds in northern Iraq.

In its second pre-trial hearing against Van A., The Hague Court was due to make a ruling on his remand detention later on Friday.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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