Report: Greece intercepted arms shipments to Iran sent by Israeli


ATHENS, Greece (JTA) — Greek authorities reportedly intercepted illegal arms shipments apparently sent by an Israeli that were intended for Iran.

Greek officials, working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, uncovered two shipments of spare parts for F4 Phantom jets in December 2012 and again last April, the Kathimerini daily reported over the weekend. The shipments violated international sanctions.

A Greek court ordered the shipments confiscated and transferred to the Americans, according to the Greek newspaper, which claimed to have a copy of the investigation report.

According to the report, the shipment originated in the Israeli town of Binyamina-Givat Ada and was sent via a Greek company based in Athens. Investigators from Greece’s Financial Crimes Squad determined the company was a ghost company, Kathimerini reported. The firm was registered by a British national from the northern city of Thessaloniki who could not be traced.

The report did not name the Israeli suspected of being behind the smuggling attempt.

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