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UAE court sentences Iranian businessman to 10 years imprisonment for aiding nuclear programme

A Report By The State-run WAM News Agency On Wednesday Only Identified The Businessman By The Initials S.M.A.R. It Said He Was Convicted Of Violating The International Ban On Nuclear Weapons.

PTI | Updated on: 27 Apr 2017, 12:24:00 PM
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An Iranian businessman was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a United Arab Emirates court after being convicted of trying to bring an electric motor and other devices there to further Iran's nuclear programme.

A report by the state-run WAM news agency on Wednesday only identified the businessman by the initials S.M.A.R. It said he was convicted of "violating the international ban on nuclear weapons."

It wasn't clear how the material the Iranian was convicted of trying to bring into the Islamic Republic would be used to manufacture an atomic bomb. Iran has described its nuclear program as peaceful.

Western fears over it prompted sanctions later lifted by the nuclear accord with Iran, which capped its enrichment of uranium. Iran had no immediate reaction to the conviction. 

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First Published : 27 Apr 2017, 12:17:00 PM