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Georgia Arrests Six Suspected Of Trying To Sell Uranium

  • RFE/RL's Georgian Service

TBILISI -- Georgian authorities have detained three Georgian and three Armenian citizens suspected of trying to sell uranium-238.

Savle Motiashvili, an investigator with Georgia's State Security Service, said on April 18 that the group intended to sell the radioactive material for $200 million.

The uranium is kept in a special factory container, which was found in a house owned by one of the suspects.

The six are expected to be charged with "improper use and illegal selling of radioactive materials," Motiashvili said.

If found guilty, they could face up to 10 years in jail.

Uranium-238, many law enforcement and nuclear experts fear, could be the central ingredient in building a dirty bomb, which would spread cancer-causing radioactive material over a wide area.

With reporting by Interfax and Civil.ge
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