A Dutch court sentenced a dual citizen, who had dual citizenship with Russia, to eighteen months in prison for selling computer chips to companies connected to Russia’s military industry in violation of EU sanctions. The Rotterdam District Court announced on Tuesday that the Russian-Dutch businessman had been found guilty of delivering dual-use electronic devices to entities with ties to Russia’s armaments and defense sector.
Because it is illegal in the Netherlands to reveal a defendant’s identity in court, the court’s statement only states that the defendant is Russian and has been trading microchips and other electronic goods for six years.
“After the sanctions were declared [on Feb. 25, 2022], the defendant’s ‘business model’ was to evade these sanctions,” the court said.
It turned out the business owner had made up invoices for export declarations that listed a Maldivian company as the final destination, but the electronic goods were actually shipped to Russia.
The defendant was found guilty of organizing and carrying out a scheme to avoid punishment for more than seven months while posing as the manager of a business that would remain anonymous.
The judge sentenced the defendant to 18 months in prison and fined him 200,000 euros ($211,000).
The verdict was made worse by highlighting the defendant’s significant role in the plan and taking into account Russia’s ongoing engagement in the conflict in Ukraine.
As per TASS, the official news agency of Russia, the prosecution requested a three-year prison sentence along with a fine of 350,000 euros ($370,000).
Rostec is a Russian defense and industrial giant. According to TASS, the accused’s company made €2 million ($2.1 million) in revenue by selling products to one of its affiliates.
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