Germany has arrested four men for allegedly violating trade embargoes against Iran, the state prosecution agency announced Wednesday, reported dpa.
The men - three with dual German-Iranian citizenship and one German - are suspected of aiding in the delivery of special valves in 2010 and 2011 for the construction of a heavy water reactor in Iran.
The men, in an effort to circumvent German export controls, had said the valves were destined for companies based in Turkey and Azerbaijan, the state prosecution agency wrote in a statement. According to the statement, the men knew the items were intended for the Iranian project.
Germany has an embargo on nuclear-related deliveries to Iran.
The deliveries were allegedly part of a contract worth several million euros to acquire valve technology to complete the heavy water reactor, prosecutors found.
The men were arrested at their homes in the cities of Hamburg, Oldenburg and Weimar. Their premises were searched, along with those of a fifth suspect.
The arrested men were identified as Kianzad Ka, Gholamali Ka, Hamid Kh and Rudolf M. Their full names were not released, in line with German privacy regulations.