Spain smashes Iran missile material export plan

AP News
Posted: Apr 07, 2014 7:01 AM

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say they have arrested four people who allegedly planned to send to Iran industrial machinery that could be used to make missiles.

A Civil Guard statement Monday said officers seized two Leifeld metalworking machines that had been imported illegally from Britain last year.

The statement said the machines are classified as "dual use" — meaning they can be used in both civilian and military industry — and their shipping to Iran would violate U.N. sanctions.

It said three Spaniards and one Iranian were arrested in the cities of Barcelona, Tarragona and Palma de Mallorca.

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They were charged with membership of a criminal gang, trafficking dual-use goods and money laundering.

The statement said police also confiscated 10,000 euros ($13,700) and documents on exporting dual-use technology.