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      Germany Charges Two Over Drone Engine Exports to Iran

      German federal prosecutors filed charges against two men over alleged illegal export to Iran of dozens of aircraft engines for use in drones
      By Arutz Sheva
      First Publish: 2/20/2013, 8:52 PM

      Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps aerospace force commander
      Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps aerospace force commander
      Reuters

      Germany's federal prosecutor said on Wednesday it had filed charges against two men over the alleged illegal export to Iran of dozens of aircraft engines for use in drones, AFP reported.

      It said a 30-year-old German-Iranian man identified as Iman J.L. and 54-year-old Iranian citizen Davood A. were suspected of having contravened the law on foreign trade.

      They allegedly exported to Iran 61 aircraft engines for use in unmanned robotic drones without official permission between October 2008 and September 2009, the prosecutor said in a statement.

      It said the exported engines were "suitable for operating the 'Ababil-3' type drone which are used by the Iranian armed forces as target simulation-, reconnaissance- and combat drones", according to AFP.

      The exports were falsely declared to get around German customs, the federal prosecutor said.