A captured US drone is displayed during events for the anniversary of Iran's Islamic revolution on February 11, 2012
A captured US RQ-170 drone is on display next to the Azadi tower during celebrations for the 33rd anniversary of the Islamic revolution in Tehran on February 11, 2012. Germany's federal prosecutor said on Wednesday it had filed charges against two men over the alleged illegal export to Iran of dozens of aircraft engines for use in drones. © Atta Kenare - AFP/File
A captured US  drone is displayed during events for the anniversary of Iran's Islamic revolution on February 11, 2012
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Last updated: February 20, 2013

Two charged in Germany over drone engines to Iran

Germany's federal prosecutor said on Wednesday it had filed charges against two men over the alleged illegal export to Iran of dozens of aircraft engines for use in drones.

It said a 30-year-old German-Iranian man identified as Iman J.L. and 54-year-old Iranian citizen Davood A. were suspected of having contravened the law on foreign trade.

They allegedly exported to Iran 61 aircraft engines for use in unmanned robotic drones without official permission between October 2008 and September 2009, the prosecutor said in a statement.

It said the exported engines were "suitable for operating the 'Ababil-3' type drone which are used by the Iranian armed forces as target simulation-, reconnaissance- and combat drones".

The exports were falsely declared to get around German customs, the federal prosecutor said.

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