Greece intercepts arms shipments to Iran, sent by an Israeli

ATHENS, Greece (JTA) — Greek authorities intercepted arms shipments apparently sent by an Israeli and intended for Iran, in violation of international sanctions, a Greek newspaper reported.

Greek officials, working together with the American Homeland Security Investigations agency, uncovered two shipments of spare parts for F4 Phantom jets in December 2012 and again in April 2013, the Kathimerini daily reported over the weekend.

A Greek court ordered the shipments confiscated and transferred to the Americans, according to Kathimerini, which claimed to have a copy of the investigation report.

According to the report, the shipment originated in the Israeli town of Binyamina-Giv’at Ada and was sent via a Greek company based in Athens.

Investigators from the drugs and weapons unit of Greece’s Financial Crimes Squad determined the company was a ghost company, Kathimerini reported.

The firm was registered by a British national from the northern city of Thessaloniki who could not be traced.

The report did not name the Israeli thought to be behind the smuggling attempt.

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