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Abdul Qadeer Khan’s Dutch associate
faces charges

Amsterdam, May 4
A Dutch business associate of Abdul Qadeer Khan, the Pakistani scientist who has admitted leaking nuclear secrets, has been charged over illegal exports to Pakistan, the Dutch news agency ANP reported today.

The case involves the export of 20 kg of a chemical which can be used to make mustard gas as well as ball bearings and other equipment, the agency said.

It said the public prosecution service in the town of Haarlem near Amsterdam had charged the Dutch man, identified only as Henk S., for illegally exporting “strategic goods’’ to Pakistan from 1999 to 2002.

Another person, whose name was not given, and two companies were also being prosecuted, ANP said.

The public prosecution service in Haarlem was not immediately available for comment on the report, which did not say how Henk S. was linked to Khan.

Khan, the father of Pakistan’s atom bomb who admitted in February to passing nuclear secrets to Iran, Libya and North Korea, worked in the 1970s at a Dutch unit of the uranium enrichment firm Urenco. — Reuters 

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