Oil boss on trial over gen­er­a­tor

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The CEO of an oil and gas com­pany has gone on trial for im­port­ing a elec­tric gen­er­a­tor from the UK to aid the Ira­nian nu­clear pro­gramme.

The Ira­nian man said he was send­ing the gen­er­a­tor to Myan­mar but he is ac­cused of at­tempt­ing to send it to Iran, ac­cord­ing to re­ports that ap­peared in both Emarat Al Youm and Al Bayan news­pa­pers.

The Fed­eral Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi heard that the 47-year-old de­fen­dant, iden­ti­fied as SM, forged ship­ping doc­u­ments for the gen­er­a­tor to send it to As­lawia port in Iran in­stead of Myan­mar on Oc­to­ber 2014, via Jebel Ali port in Dubai.

The court said that he handed over forged doc­u­ments to a ship­ping com­pany to trans­port the gen­er­a­tor to Iran on a ship before the gen­er­a­tor was seized in Jebel Ali port.

Pros­e­cu­tors said that he was try­ing to send By Ali Al Shouk the gen­er­a­tor to Iran de­spite the sanc­tions.

It was de­scribed as an act that could harm the po­lit­i­cal ties be­tween the UAE and UK, as he works in a com­pany op­er­at­ing in Dubai.

The ac­cused de­nied the charges and the trial was ad­journed to Septem­ber 5 to pre­pare the de­fence.

How­ever, since Iran’s nu­clear pro­gramme be­came pub­lic in 2002, the UN, EU and sev­eral in­di­vid­ual coun­tries have im­posed sanc­tions in an at­tempt to pre­vent it from de­vel­op­ing mil­i­tary nu­clear ca­pa­bil­ity.

In Jan­uary 2016, a decision was taken to lift sanc­tions af­ter UN con­fir­ma­tion that Tehran had ful­filled its obli­ga­tions un­der last year’s nu­clear ac­cord.

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