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10/14/08

Der Spiegel Says Arrested Iranian Businessman was German Spy

Report by Press TV

A man arrested by Berlin has been exposed as a spy working for the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND). A businessmen arrested in Germany on charges of exporting goods to Iran has been exposed as a Berlin intelligence operative.

The German news magazine Der Spiegel on Saturday revealed that the detained Iranian had been providing intelligence for the Federal Intelligence Service (BND) for about a decade and had received 1 million euros (1.4 million dollars) from the spy agency.

The Iranian man, code-named Sindbad, had reportedly delivered intelligence on Iranian missile production and had allegedly provided photographs of tunnel-drilling machinery and secret warehouses in Iran.

According to the magazine, information received from Sindbad had been used in several reports prepared for German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Persecutors had prior to the arrest informed the BND that they had no choice but to detain the 61-year-old on suspicion of breaching a German ban on the export of militarily useful goods.

German laws prevent individuals or companies from supplying Iran with some 3,000 dual-use materials, which can be used for military and civilian purposes alike.

Dual-use materials include communications and computer equipment, software and encryption technology.

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