Sunday, April 11, 2010
Swedish Iranian Suspected of Having Illegally Contributed to Iran’s Nuclear Program
That country is considered a high security threat to the state of Israel. Its president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has stated that Israel should be "wiped off the map" which emphasizes this. Iran has not yet managed to get full nuclear weapon capabilities, but continues, to develop these.
The suspect is charged with accounting fraud in Sweden but claims he is innocent, declaring he “merely helped small Iranian businesses to buy and sell goods abroad.” They have then, according to the man, in turn been allowed to use his account to make transactions and paid him commissions for this.
Ardavan Khoshnood who is president of the organization “Democracy in Iran” (Demokrati i Iran) says that it is good that the Swedish security police opened an investigation against this Swedish-Iranian individual. Khoshnood emphasizes that it is important to trace what these 5 billion Swedish Kronor may have funded: Iranian terrorist cells abroad, persons who spy for the Iranian regime or Iranian media “in exile” who really work for the Iranian regime?
Despite international bans against trade with Iran, especially prohibiting trade in equipment that can accelerate Iran’s nuclear program, the country still manages, as can be seen with this Swedish case, to launder money abroad. If governments like Sweden fail to prevent large-scale trade in nuclear equipment, one can only hope that if Iran does acquire nuclear weapons capability, the world and Israel will be able to deal with the consequences.