Three charged in plot to ship chemical lab equipment from US to Syria

By REUTERS
April 23, 2014 21:52

 
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Three men have been charged in a conspiracy to export chemical laboratory equipment from the United States to Syria, according to an unsealed indictment released on Wednesday by the US Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

From 2003 to 2012, an American from Pennsylvania, a Syrian citizen and a Briton conspired to export such items as a portable scanner used to detect chemical warfare agents, according to a press release from the Justice Department.

The equipment would have been used to measure and detect chemical agents previously found to have been used by President Bashar Assad in Syria's ongoing civil war.

According to the indictment, the alleged conspirators mislabeled goods and planned to route shipments through various countries before making their way to Syria.

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