Netherlands: Arrest of man suspected of selling computer chips to Russia
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The Dutch financial crime agency announced on Friday the arrest of a 55-year-old man suspected of selling computer chips to Russia that could be used to make weapons, in violation of international sanctions against Moscow.
The export of electronic devices to Russia is banned under the sanctions regime enacted after the Russian army invaded Ukraine on February 24.
The suspect was arrested and taken into custody on September 30 in the eastern Netherlands. His electronic devices, bank accounts and administrative documents were confiscated.
“The suspect is suspected of, among other things, supplying microchips to facilities and companies in Russia,” the Fiscal Information and Investigation Service said in a statement.
“These microchips can be used to make weapons,” he says.
The suspect claims the goods he exported were not intended for use in Russia, the statement added.
(Report Toby Sterling, French version Augustin Turpin, edited by Sophie Louet)
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