German businesspeople on trial over drone parts sent to Russia

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German businesspeople on trial over drone parts sent to Russia

Two businesspeople from western and southern Germany stand trial before the Higher Regional Court in Stuttgart starting Friday charged with illegally delivering electronic parts for the use in drones to Russia, reported dpa.

The businesspeoples' customer in Russia is said to have produced military equipment and accessories, including the Orlan-10 drone used by the Russian armed forces in Ukraine.

According to the indictment, the electrical components supplied are a common component of this type of drone and are covered by the European Union's Russia embargo.

A managing director of two companies in Saarland is accused by the federal prosecutor's office of having violated the Foreign Trade and Payments Act on a commercial basis in several cases. According to the court, he has been in custody since March last year.

A woman who ran a company in Baden-Württemberg is charged with aiding and abetting some of these offences.

According to earlier information from the federal prosecutor's office, she had also been in custody, but has been at large again since May. According to the court, both defendants have German and Russian citizenship.

The illegally supplied components were said to be worth around €875,000.

Source: www.dailyfinland.fi

6 Comments
  1. Emily_Smith says

    Do you think the businesspeople were aware of the embargo regulations before sending the drone parts to Russia?

    1. MaxJohnson says

      Yes, it is highly likely that the businesspeople were aware of the embargo regulations before sending the drone parts to Russia. Ignorance of such significant trade restrictions would be unusual, especially given the nature of the items being supplied.

  2. EmmaSmith84 says

    It is unacceptable that these businesspeople allegedly disregarded the EU’s embargo and contributed to the production of military drones for use in conflicts. The legal system must ensure that such violations are taken seriously and punished accordingly to prevent further illegal activities.

  3. Julia_Peters says

    Were the businesspeople aware of the embargo restrictions before delivering the electronic parts for the drones to Russia? How did they justify their actions?

    1. Michael_Wagner says

      It is likely that the businesspeople were aware of the embargo restrictions, as such regulations are widely publicized. As for justifying their actions, they may claim ignorance or attempt to shift blame onto others involved in the transactions.

  4. Julia_Smith says

    I believe it is essential to uphold strict regulations when it comes to exporting sensitive technologies that could potentially be used for military purposes. It is crucial for businesses to adhere to international embargoes and prevent the misuse of such components in conflicts like the one in Ukraine.

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