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Spanish police stop illegal sale of Israeli military helicopters to Iran

Five Spanish businessmen, three Iranians involved in sale of the helicopters, which is illegal due to UN sanctions on Iran, nabbed by Spanish police.

Published 13:58 26.05.11

Spanish police have arrested eight people who allegedly planned to sell to Iran U.S.-made military transport helicopters that they bought from Israel with U.S. government approval.

Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said five Spanish businessmen and three Iranians who had come to Spain to finalize the deal have been arrested.

A statement by Spain's interior ministry said nine U.S.-made Bell 212 helicopters were seized in warehouses in Madrid and the northeastern port city of Barcelona. Spare aircraft parts that police say were intended for Venezuela were also confiscated.

It was revealed to Haaretz that Israel's defense ministry had sold the U.S.-made helicopters, which had been in storage after year

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Added: May-26-2011 Occurred On: May-26-2011
By: aydeo
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Tags: Spanish police, illegal sale, Bell 212, Iran
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