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Suspected chemical weapons smuggler to Iraq held

Suspected chemical weapons smuggler to Iraq held

A law enforcement official says that a man suspected of supplying former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein with a chemical weapons component has been arrested in Austria.
Wilfried Siegele, a spokesman for the state prosecutor in Innsbruck, says the United States has asked for the suspect's extradition and the request is being reviewed.
Authorities on Wednesday identified the 67-year-old German national only as Peter W. in keeping with Austrian custom. He was arrested Tuesday in the city of Hall, near Innsbruck.
He is accused of smuggling tons of thiodiglycol _ a chemical weapons component _ to Iraq in the late 1980s from Baltimore.


Updated : 2021-03-07 20:47 GMT+08:00