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UPDATED: 20:15, June 22, 2006
Israeli firms probed for illegal dealings in Iraq: report
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Several Israeli firms involved in defense exports are being investigated by the police on suspicion of illegal dealing in Iraq, local newspaper Ha'aretz reported on Thursday.

At the focus of the investigation are Shlomi Michaels, and Kodo, a firm registered in Switzerland but operating in Israel.

According to Ha'aretz, the two firms are suspected of selling equipment, know-how and technology, as well as providing security advisers from Israel to groups and companies of Kurds operating in northern Iraq. One of the main operations there was setting up of a security apparatus for the Irbil airport.

It was reported that suspicions about the role of Tadiran, Motorola, Magal and other firms believed to have been involved in providing equipment through intermediaries to Kodo and Michaels are also being investigated, though no company officials have yet been called by the police for interviews.

Citing police sources, the report said that the matter was being investigated, but at this time there was no further information for release.

Since 2004, Israeli firms operating in northern Iraq, including Michaels and Kodo, have been ordered to cease their activities because of threats of terrorism.

Source: Xinhua

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