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It brings us to three Belgian companies that have sent approximately 168 tonnes of isopropanol, which can be used to make sarin gas. Sarin gas is classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the UN resolution.
Since 2013, export licences are compulsory for the export of isopropanol to Syria in concentrations of 95% or higher. The companies were not aware that the sale of chemicals to Syria required export licenses. They stated that the Belgium custom authorities did not bar any of the chemical exports to Syria and that they acted with the seeming consent of Belgian customs between 2014 and 2016.
A criminal case regarding this situation has been opened based on information found through the UN Comtrade database and confirmed by the Belgian customs. The three companies, along with a managing director and a manager, are set for a trial that will take place in Antwerp on May 15. They could be facing a prision sentence between four months and five years.