Police searched 11 locations, including apartments and offices in the states of Hamburg, Schleswig Holstein and North Rhine-Westphalia linked to the suspect, the prosecutor said.
The suspect, identified only as Alexander J under privacy rules, had shipped equipment worth 1.1 million euros to an Iranian whose company in Iran was blacklisted by the EU as a front to procure equipment for nuclear and rocket programmes.
The GBA general prosecutor's office said the suspect was approached in 2018 and 2019 to procure laboratory equipment. He shipped two spectrometers procured for 166,000 euros ($196,510.80) to Iran in Jan. 2020, and six months later shipped another two, procured for 388,000 euros.
He did not apply for a special export licence which would have been required to ship such equipment to a recipient on the EU blacklist.
Western countries have long accused Iran of seeking nuclear weapons, which Tehran denies. In 2015, Iran signed a deal with global powers to curb its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of international sanctions.
US President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal, and Iran responded by violating some of its terms. Negotiations have been held this year to revive it.
New island emerges near Balochistan’s Kund Malir beach
A new island have popped up near Sonmiani beach of Balochistan— discovered by the fishermen sailing along the coast on Thursday.
The technical advisor on marine fisheries at World Wild Fund (WWF), Muhammad Moazzam Khan said that the new island appeared in west off the coast of Sonmiani near Kund Malir.
“Such phenomena occurs due to geographical changes within the ocean depths,” he said adding that these kind of small islands emerge, remain in place for a while and then diminish back into the waters.
It is pertinent mention here that such Islands had earlier emerged at the same location in 2000 and 2010.
The first known emergence, during November 1945, was concurrent with an earthquake of magnitude 8.0.
The 2nd and 3rd emergences were in March 1999 and November 2010 respectively.
In 2013, an island emerged off Gwadar coast after a powerful 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck Pakistan. However, the island disappeared after some time.
Landsat images of March 1999 and November 2010 emergences indicate appearance of round-shaped island of 4.4 and 5.2 hectare area, followed by erosion and disappearance. The island was composed of mud breccias and circular vents spewing mud slurry and methane gas.
'COVID fourth wave': Pakistan reports 3,689 cases, 83 deaths
Islamabad: Pakistan is presently experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus which is said to be deadlier and more contagious than previous three COVID waves.
According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 3,689 cases of coronavirus were reported while 83 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 26,580.
The total number of cases has reached 1,197,887.
As many as 1,079,867 patients have recovered from the disease with 5,383 critical cases.
The number of patients swelled to 410,463 in the province with 12,171 causalities.
The number of infections has surged to 442,401 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,089.
The confirmed cases have surged to 167,154 in the province with 5,200 casualties.
There are 32,517 confirmed cases while 342 patients have died from the infection so far.
AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan
There are 33,131 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 715. On the other hand, there are 10,127 cases in GB with 179 coronavirus deaths.
There are 102,094 cases in the capital city while 884 people have lost their lives.
‘Covid fourth wave’: Pakistan's coronavirus positivity rate falls to 5.45%
Islamabad: Pakistan is witnessing daily surge in COVID-19 cases with authorities linking the upswing to the deadly fourth wave. Today country’s positivity rate is on 5.45%.
As per National Command and Control Center (NCOC), Pakistan conducted a total of 57,792 tests in the last 24 hours.
Around 3,153 cases of coronavirus were reported while 58 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 26,720.
As per the command centre, total confirmed cases are 1,204,520 whereas 5,370 are under critical care.
The number of patients swelled to 413,182 in the province with 12,211 causalities.
The number of infections has surged to 444,464 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,133.
The confirmed cases have surged to 168,258 in the province with 5,250 casualties.
There are 32,569 confirmed cases while 342 patients have died from the infection so far.
AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan
There are 33,268 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 718. On the other hand, there are 10,162 cases in GB with 179 coronavirus deaths.
There are 102,617 cases in the capital city while 887 people have lost their lives.
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