Spanish Police Halt Sale of Military Choppers to Iran

May 26, 2011

Publication: 

Agence France-Presse

Related Country: 

  • Spain
  • Venezuela

Spanish police seized nine Bell-112 military transport helicopters and aviation spare parts, and arrested five Spanish businessmen suspected of attempting to illegally export the seized materials. The police suspect the helicopters were bound for Iran, and arrested three Iranians accused of traveling to Spain to negotiate their purchase. According to police, the aviation spare parts were earmarked for transport to Venezuela.