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German on treason charge over Iraq nuclear weapons.

MUNICH: A German engineer accused of helping Iraq to produce enriched uranium for nuclear weapons has been charged with treason and violating export laws.

Karl-Heinz Schaab (62) was convicted in 1993 of violating export laws and sentenced to 11 months' probation for selling Iraq blueprints for a gas centrifuge used for producing weapons-grade uranium in 1989.

But federal prosecutor Mr Kay Nehm said new evidence gathered by UN inspectors indicated the plans Schaab sold were not for the outdated "subcritical" centrifuge as originally thought, but for a far more modern type.

The new evidence justified the new charges, he said. The treason charge was filed in a Munich court. No court date has been set.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Feb 9, 1999
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