Remember the Hamburg trial we’ve reported on in the past? Well, it’s finally over – not before providing eye-opening information on the process of illegally and deceitfully securing materials for Iran’s reactors to circumvent sanctions.
Truth is, we’ve been waiting a month already for some media outlet to air this out in English, but to no avail. So we’ll have to do the job ourselves.
Anyway, about the trial:
*The German Businessman Rudolf K., producer of valves illegally shipped for use in Arak, will have to pay the profit from the deal (106,000 euro) to the German government. He was also sentenced to three years in prison, but will not serve.
*Gholamali K., a German-Iranian and the main defendant, received a four-year jail term and will have to pay back the profit from the deal ( 250,000 euros).
*His son, Kianzad K., was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison, but will not serve.
*Hamid K., received a suspended sentence of a year and a half.
For those who’ve forgotten: the four suspects facilitated the delivery of 856 special nuclear valves from India to Iran. They knew the valves would be used to operate a nuclear reactor built to produce plutonium, and used a “high degree of criminal effort” – faking end-users in third countries in order to secure export permits – to circumvent the international scrutiny and sanctions to which the reactor had been subjected for years:
Following this case, we cannot help but think what will happen now that the Geneva deal is being perceived as a carte blanche invitation to return to business as usual with Tehran. That’s not necessarily the intention of all the players involved, of course, but that’s the perception – especially among the German business community.