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Baltics: Lithuania Police Seize 70 Kilos Of Stolen Uranium

Vilnius, 12 June 1997 (RFE/RL) - Police in Lithuania now say they seized around 70 kg of radioactive uranium stolen from the country's Ignalina nuclear power plant five years ago.

Officials seized 20 kg of nuclear fuel on Tuesday near Ignalina and another 50 kg near the capital Vilnius yesterday.

The seizures are part of a haul of over 100 kg of nuclear fuel stolen from Ignalina in 1992. Most of the uranium has now been recovered and officials believe the rest has been sold.

A Lithuanian official, leading the probe into the stolen uranium, said that the recovered uranium had not polluted the environment as it had not leaked. He said three people will go on trial for the theft.