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Three arrested over exports to Iran

SENSITIVE Investigators said that the operator and two employees of C-TEK Technology would be charged with forgery in relation to exports of components to Tehran

By Rich Chang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Officers from the Ministry of Justice's Investigation Bureau arrested three people late on Friday night on suspicion of exporting controlled electric components to Iran which could be used in the assembly of advanced weaponry.

During a raid on the offices of C-TEK Technology Corp (矽特科技公司) in Tanzih (潭子) Township, Taichung, officials arrested company operator Chang Hui-chuan (張輝全) and employees Chen Chung-yu (陳仲由) and Tang Yu-ling (唐玉玲).

The bureau said the trio would be charged with forgery and violation of the Foreign Trade Act (貿易法).

The bureau's Taichung branch said in a press statement yesterday that 12 sets of controlled electrical discharge machining systems -- which could be used in missiles -- were shipped to Iran in January.

The bureau said that the Iranian client had paid NT$1 million (US$30,000) per set through an Internet purchase late last year.

C-TEK Technology shipped the devices on Jan. 11 through Samoa, it said.

Combined with other advanced parts, the components can be used in the assembly of chemical, biological or nuclear-tipped missiles, the bureau said, adding that its agents had spent close to six months monitoring the company's activities over the transaction.

Last year, the government unveiled the Sensitive Commodities List, which bans the shipment of 542 sensitive commodities to Tehran and Pyongyang in accordance with international export control rules.

The components delivered on Jan. 11 were on that list, the bureau said, adding that the company had used forged documentation to avoid controls.

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