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Sale of Congo uranium alleged

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March 08, 2007|From the Associated Press

KINSHASA, CONGO — The head of Congo's atomic energy commission has been arrested on suspicion of illegally selling uranium found in the nation, officials said Wednesday.

Fortunat Lumu and one of his aides were arrested Tuesday, Atty. Gen. Tshimanga Mukendi said. He declined to give details.

In August, the Democratic Republic of Congo's government denied a report in the Sunday Times of London that a uranium shipment left its territory in 2005 bound for Iran, saying the dangerous element was tightly controlled by international agencies.

Officials declined to say whether there was any connection between the arrest and the alleged 2005 shipment.

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