German Parts Could Be Used in Libyan Missiles, Prosecutor Says
MUNICH, West Germany (AP) _ The West German company Globe-Sat has been fined for selling valve control parts to Libya that could be used to build missiles, Munich chief state prosecutor Heinz Stocker said Monday.
He said the Munich-based firm appealed the fine, which followed a ruling this year that the shipments violated West German export laws.
Stocker called the fine ″large″ but declined to give a figure. No date has been set for the appeal hearing, he said.
Stocker was asked about a report in the British weekly Sunday Correspondent. It said about 100 West German engineers are helping Libya build a missile capable of carrying chemical warheads and with a range of 300 to 450 miles in a camp about 60 miles from the Saharan oasis of Sabha.
Stocker told The Associated Press the possibility of illegal German involvement has been under investigation since last spring. He would not elaborate.
The Sunday Correspondent said radical Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi ultimately wants to develop a missile with a 1,000-mile range that would allow him to threaten Israel.
Involvement of West German firms in a Libyan chemical plant embarrassed the government of Chancellor Helmut Kohl this year when charges surfaced in the United States that the plant was meant to produce chemical arms.
Libya claims the Rabta plant, 60 miles south of Tripoli, is intended to make pharmaceutical products.