Swiss Court Frees Accused Khan Nuclear Smuggling Aides

A Swiss court on Tuesday endorsed a sentencing agreement between prosecutors and three engineers charged with supplying controlled items to the one-time nuclear smuggling ring operated by Pakistan's Abdul Qadeer Khan, prompting the release of the men based on time they had already served, Swissinfo reported.

The arrangement includes a 41-month prison term for Marco Tinner, 50 months of detention for his brother Urs, and a delayed 24-month confinement period for their father Friedrich. The engineers faced accusations of assisting the Khan ring, which sold nuclear weapons technology and information to Iran, Libya and North Korea.

The Tinners are believed to have supplied critical technology and designs for manufacturing gas centrifuges capable of generating nuclear weapon-usable uranium, according to earlier reporting.

September 25, 2012
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A Swiss court on Tuesday endorsed a sentencing agreement between prosecutors and three engineers charged with supplying controlled items to the one-time nuclear smuggling ring operated by Pakistan's Abdul Qadeer Khan, prompting the release of the men based on time they had already served, Swissinfo reported.

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