On Thursday, German authorities announced the arrest of a businessman, suspected of delivering equipment to the Russian army, in violation of European Union sanctions against Moscow.
In a statement, the federal prosecutor in Germany stated that the suspect is a German citizen, who is the head of a company based in southern Germany, and was identified only as Alexander S.
According to Reuters, the businessman was arrested, Tuesday in Augsburg, southern Germany, and his apartment and company buildings were searched.
He accused the man of delivering equipment to the military in Russia, and tried to cover up its destination by sending it to fake recipients and issuing false statements about its intended use.
Prosecutors said that seven shipments, with a total value of about eight billion euros, were made between January 2016 and January 2018.
Prosecutors stated that all the tools sent are dual-use goods, that is, they can be harnessed for civilian or military purposes, and therefore it is forbidden to export them to Russia in accordance with European Union rules if they will come into the hands of the army.
On Wednesday, a German judge ordered the man's detention pending possible charges of violating export laws in the European country.