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June 16, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two Austrians and a Pole were sentenced in Berlin for trying to sell smuggled radioactive uranium, cesium and plutonium. The three received terms of one year to 18 months. It was the first time a German court had sentenced anyone for nuclear smuggling since a series of cases in Western Europe last year in which smugglers were caught peddling wares suspected of coming from the former Soviet Bloc.
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January 26, 1996 | MARY WILLIAMS WALSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was billed at the time as the world's largest seizure of smuggled plutonium: "A successful strike against the international nuclear mafia," as Bavarian Interior Minister Guenther Beckstein proudly put it. At the Munich airport on Aug. 10, 1994, a heavily armed SWAT team nabbed 408 grams of plutonium--the deadly stuff of nuclear reactors and hydrogen bombs--from the hold of a commercial Lufthansa flight, just in from Moscow. A big seizure and a spectacular one, true.
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January 26, 1996 | MARY WILLIAMS WALSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was billed at the time as the world's largest seizure of smuggled plutonium: "A successful strike against the international nuclear mafia," as Bavarian Interior Minister Guenther Beckstein proudly put it. At the Munich airport on Aug. 10, 1994, a heavily armed SWAT team nabbed 408 grams of plutonium--the deadly stuff of nuclear reactors and hydrogen bombs--from the hold of a commercial Lufthansa flight, just in from Moscow. A big seizure and a spectacular one, true.
NEWS
July 18, 1995 | MARY WILLIAMS WALSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A German judge on Monday convicted two Spaniards and a Colombian of smuggling plutonium into Germany but gave them relatively light sentences, bolstering widespread complaints here that the spectacular nuclear materials case was stage-managed from the start by overeager German intelligence agents.
NEWS
July 18, 1995 | MARY WILLIAMS WALSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A German judge on Monday convicted two Spaniards and a Colombian of smuggling plutonium into Germany but gave them relatively light sentences, bolstering widespread complaints here that the spectacular nuclear materials case was stage-managed from the start by overeager German intelligence agents.
NEWS
April 14, 1995 | MARY WILLIAMS WALSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pressure is mounting for high-level resignations in Germany in the wake of a report that last summer's spectacular arrest of three men smuggling weapons-grade plutonium out of Russia was a setup.
NEWS
June 16, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two Austrians and a Pole were sentenced in Berlin for trying to sell smuggled radioactive uranium, cesium and plutonium. The three received terms of one year to 18 months. It was the first time a German court had sentenced anyone for nuclear smuggling since a series of cases in Western Europe last year in which smugglers were caught peddling wares suspected of coming from the former Soviet Bloc.
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