Three arrested in Ukraine for trying to sell radioactive material 2009-04-15 05:39:08   Print

    KIEV, April 14 (Xinhua) -- Ukraine's security service has arrested a regional lawmaker and two businessmen for trying to sell radioactive material, the chief of the security service said Tuesday.

    "Last week, we arrested a legislator and two businessmen from the Ternopyl region in western Ukraine and seized a container filled with 3.7 kilograms of radioactive material from them," Valentyn Nalyvaichenko told a press briefing on Tuesday.

    The three suspects were attempting to sell the radioactive material for 10 million U.S. dollars, Nalyvaichenko said, adding that the material could be used by terrorists to make so-called "dirty bombs," which could spread radioactive material over a wide area.

    Nalyvaichenko said the material was produced in Russia during the Soviet era and smuggled into Ukraine through a neighboring country.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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