Germany indicts two over Iran missile project
German prosecutors said Thursday they had indicted two men for allegedly supplying industrial equipment for Iran's project to build more potent missiles, DPA reported.
One of the accused is a German national, Heinz Ulrich K, aged 65. The other is an Iranian, Mohsen A, aged 52. They allegedly exported a vacuum sinter furnace costing 850,000 euros (1.1 million dollars) to Iran in July 2007.
The indictments, which are dated August 5 but were made public on Thursday, are the first move in setting up a trial to take place in the western city of Dusseldorf. The two men are accused of offences under a German law that bans unlicensed exports of military value to zones of conflict.
Germany has conducted a number of trials of people accused of surreptitiously exporting advanced industrial equipment to Iran, allegedly to manufacture missile or nuclear-weapons parts.
Prosecutors said that because of a world arms embargo, the sale of the vacuum sinter furnace ought to have been reported and cleared by German authorities before going ahead.