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Major weapon capture at Otopeni Airport

Seven Italian and Iranian nationals were arrested at Otopeni Airport yesterday morning, after customs workers found they were carrying several weapons.


The seven individuals were in transit through Romania and were heading for Iran. The authorities suspect they belong to an international weapon smuggling group. A widespread operation in the same case was conducted in Italy on Wednesday, when nine people, including alleged Italian intelligence officers, were arrested on charges of weapon smuggling into Iran. ‘Corriere della Sera’ reports that Romanian authorities have co-operated with their Italian counterparts during the inquiry into illegal export of military equipment to Iran, in violation of the international embargo on the country. Italian authorities have also acted in liaison with agents from the UK, Switzerland and Romania. Police successfully prevented the delivery of a minimum of 1,000 German-made high-definition optic systems and of 120 diving breathing masks to Iran.


Border Police Spokesperson Fabian Badila told Mediafax Wednesday night that an investigation into the case of military equipment deliveries to Iran began in September 2008 with the discovery of 200 lunettes and fitting brackets in an Italian man’s parcel at Otopeni Airport. Border police officers and customs workers thought the parcel looked suspicious so they decided to inspect it. They found 200 lunettes, some of which were for military use, and 500 fitting brackets made in Germany. The total value of the equipment was approximately EUR 230,000.

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