SMB Computer suspected of involvement in nuclear ring

US president George Bush accuses Dubai-based SMB Computer of involvement in distribution of nuclear technology equipment to Libya, Iran and Korea.

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By  Stuart Wilson Published  February 12, 2004

US president George Bush has named Dubai-based SMB Computer as a player involved in distribution of nuclear technology equipment to Libya, Iran and Korea. In a speech addressing the role of Abdul Qadeer Khan — father of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programme — in a network supplying centrifuge technology, Bush also described the involvement of SMB Computer in moving the goods. Bush named Sri-Lankan Dubai-based businessman BSA Tahir as the main player behind SMB Computer’s role. "Tahir used that computer company as a front for the proliferation activities of the AQ Khan network,” said Bush. “[Tahir] was also its shipping agent, using his computer firm as cover for the movement of centrifuge parts to various clients." Crucial to SMB Computers alleged involvement is its relationship with Gulf Technical Industries (GTI) – a trader in engineering products that allegedly purchased nuclear centrifuge components from Malaysian company Scomi Precision Engineering. GTI manager Paul Griffin refutes the allegations and has played down GTI’s links to SMB Computer. He claims that GTI had merely purchased some PCs from SMB Computer and also used them to sort out a computer virus system. Griffin has admitted to meeting Dr Khan at a wedding in Pakistan 18 years ago. SMB Computers had no immediate comment on the allegations when contacted by Channel Middle East.

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