Fri Feb 24th, 2006 at 11:50:39 AM EST
I'm only seeing this reported in English from two sources, Deutsche Welle and Reuters.
From Reuters, which seemingly has the scoop:
German police and customs officials investigating suspected espionage linked to missile technology raided 12 premises across four federal states on Thursday, the Federal Prosecutors' Office said.
An unspecified number of suspects connected with the premises were being interrogated by police, the Karlsruhe-based office said in a statement. The raids took place in the states of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia and Saarland.
"The accused are suspected of attempting, in the service of a foreign intelligence agency, to obtain parts for delivery systems and conventional weaponry for armed forces," the statement said.
It was not immediately clear whether those being questioned were detained during Thursday's police raids.
Last month, German federal prosecutors formally charged two German citizens with espionage for helping an unidentified foreign intelligence agency acquire dual use "delivery system" missile technology.
A German official familiar with the case, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the investigation, said the country involved was Iran. The federal prosecutor's office did not name the men or the German company they worked for.
Yowks! Of course this doesn't clarify whether what kind of missiles the ring was selling. They could be anything from short range surface-to-air missiles up to long-range ballistic or cruise missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.
For German-language coverage see hier