Plutonium smuggling trial opens in Germany


The German trial of three men accused of smuggling Russian plutonium into Germany in August 1994 at the Munich airport began today. The three men, one Colombian and two Spaniards, are Justiniano Torres Benitez, Julio Oroz Eguia, and Javier Bengoechea Arratibel.

On 25 April 1995, the Russian security service released a report that stated that supervision at Russia's nuclear facilities is 'inadequate.' The document also states, 'The security of weapons production and storage has become more lax, as have border and customs checks...All this is leading to increased weapons theft and dealing.'

Abstract Number:  19950970
Headline:  Plutonium smuggling trial opens in Germany
Date:  10 May 1995
Bibliography:  Reuters
Author:  Jan Schwartz
Case:  Munich
Material:  plutonium

May 10, 1995

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