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PUBLISHED: 15:52 EST, 15 August 2012 | UPDATED: 15:52 EST, 15 August 2012
Raids across Germany have seen four men arrested in an operation aimed at thwarting illegal exports of nuclear technology to Iran.
Some 90 customs officers backed up by armed police raided homes and offices in Hamburg, Oldenburg and Weimar. In custody by Wednesday afternoon were three Germans and a man with dual Iranian-German citizenship.
The raids were triggered after long and complex surveillance operations authorities said they believe they will prove showed the individuals were part of a conspiracy to provide Iran with nuclear know-how.
‘In 2010 and 2011 the suspects are believed to have helped in the delivery of special valves for the construction of a heavy water reactor in Iran and therefore to have broken the Iran embargo,’ prosecutors said in a statement.
Ironically, news of the arrests came on the same day that Israel was reported to be firming up its battle plans to destroy Iran’s nuclear programme in a series of air strikes over 30 days that would cost the lives of an estimated 500 Israeli citizens.