World
UK holds China's Cheng over 'Iran' exports ban 'breach'Publish Date: Apr 05, 2014
UK holds China's Cheng over 'Iran' exports ban 'breach'
  • mail
  • img
File photo of Heathrow Airport
newvision

LONDON  - Britain is holding a Chinese national who is wanted in the United States on suspicion of conspiring to evade a goods export ban, London police said Saturday.

Cheng Sihai, 34, was arrested in February at London Heathrow Airport. The BBC said he faces allegations of conspiracy to export devices to Iran that could be used in uranium enrichment.

London's Metropolitan Police force said Cheng had already appeared at a court in the capital and was awaiting his next appearance.

"On February 7, Cheng Sihai, aged 34, was arrested by Met Police officers at Heathrow Airport in connection with alleged offences in the United States of conspiracy to evade the prohibition on the export of goods," a spokesman told AFP.

"Cheng Sihai, a Chinese national, was arrested on a provisional arrest warrant issued at Westminster Magistrates Court on February 7.

"He was taken into police custody and later appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court where he was remanded in custody. We await the date of his next court appearance."

The BBC said Shanghai-based Cheng is suspected of conspiring with an Iranian figure to supply US-made pressure transducers to Iran illegally via China.

Western powers and Israel suspect Iran is covertly pursuing a nuclear weapons capability alongside its civilian programme, charges adamantly denied by Tehran.

Iran's oil-reliant economy has struggled under US-led sanctions aimed at curtailing its nuclear ambitions.

The so-called P5 plus 1 group -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States plus Germany -- hopes to reach a final accord with Iran by July 20 which would lift all sanctions in exchange for Iran scaling back its programme to the point where it would be difficult if not impossible to develop nuclear weapons.

AFP

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Israeli shelling kills at least 15 in UN Gaza shelter - health ministry
At least 15 people were killed and many wounded on Thursday when Israeli forces shelled a U.N.-run school sheltering Palestinian refugees in northern Gaza...
Second foreign tourist shot dead in Mombasa
A foreign female tourist was shot dead in Kenya's port city of Mombasa on Thursday, the second such killing there this month, police said...
Air Algerie plane with over 110 on board missing over Mali
AN Air Algerie plane with more than 110 people on board including French and Spanish nationals went missing during a flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers...
Man chops off four patients
A man is arrested for using a blunt razor to chop off the testicles of four patients at a Chinese nursing home....
More than 2.2 billion people poor - UN report
Nearly 1.5 billion people in 91 developing states live in poverty while another 800 million are teetering on the edge...
US lifts Israel flight ban as Kerry cites truce
US airlines lifted a flight ban to Israel Thursday as Washington''s top diplomat cited progress in ending 17 days of bloodshed in Gaza which has killed 718 Palestinians....
Should government review powers of kings?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter