A Dutch court docket has convicted a Russian businessman of exporting pc chips and different digital merchandise to the Russian arms and protection business
ByThe Related Press
October 31, 2023, 10:43 AM
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A Dutch court docket convicted a Russian businessman Tuesday of exporting pc chips and different digital merchandise to the Russian arms and protection business in violation of European Union sanctions and sentenced him to 18 months in jail.
The EU has slapped Moscow with a collection of wide-ranging sanctions since its unlawful invasion of Ukraine final 12 months sparked a conflict now in its twentieth month. Rotterdam District Court docket stated in an announcement that the person turned sanctions evasion right into a “income mannequin.”
The person, whose identification was not launched according to Dutch court docket guidelines, exported “dual-use” merchandise that may have each civil and army functions to firms linked to the arms business in Russia for a interval of greater than seven months.
The court docket dominated that he faked invoices for the exports and despatched them to Russia by way of an organization within the Maldives.
Calling him an “important hyperlink” within the scheme, the court docket stated he “knowingly and intentionally circumvented” EU sanctions.
“He has critically broken the meant function of the sanctions, which is to chop off vital know-how for Russia that would contribute to the technological enchancment of Russia’s protection and safety sector,” the court docket stated.
The defendant’s firm was fined 200,000 euros ($212,000) for its position within the scheme.
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