Monday, February 02, 2004

Abdul Qadeer Khan

Abdul Qadeer Khan, Pakistan's "nuclear pioneer", has "confessed to leaking nuclear secrets to groups working for Iran, Libya and North Korea":

Pakistani nuclear pioneer Abdul Qadeer Khan and four others have confessed to leaking nuclear secrets to groups working for Iran, Libya and North Korea, an official close to the government's probe said last night.

"Dr. Qadeer and four others have accepted that they were involved in leaking nuclear know-how outside Pakistan to groups working for Iran, Libya and North Korea," said the official, who was not named.

It was the first time North Korea had been named as a recipient of nuclear information from those under investigation.

The information was leaked between 1986 and 1993, he added.

The official said an 11-page report carrying the confessions had been submitted to President Pervez Musharraf.

Asked whether criminal proceedings would be initiated against those who have confessed, the official said: "It is up to the National Command Authority to take a decision, of which the President Pervez Musharraf is the chairman."


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