Arrests in investigation into violation of export rules

Today, the FIOD performed eleven searches and arrested four suspects. The investigation directed by the National Public Prosecutor's Office for Financial, Economic and Environmental Offences is directed against possible violations of export rules.

All four suspects have been arrested in the Province of Limburg and are employed by a company that has business dealings with companies abroad. They are suspected of having violated export rules, having forged documents and being parties to a criminal organisation.

It is suspected that goods and products have been exported without permits to Iran. In order to realise this, various documents have been forged, such as customs and transport documents. It has to do with the export of dual use goods, i.e. goods that can be used for several purposes because of their nature.

The searches have taken place in houses in Venlo, Weert, Hegelsom and Roggel and in business premises in Hoofddorp, Ridderkerk, Dordrecht, Duiven and Venlo. At various places, records and accounts have been seized.

The export of dual use goods is bound by conditions for security reasons and because of a number of international agreements.