posted on Feb, 8 2003 @ 06:47 PM
NEW DELHI, India (CNN) --Two chemical plants on the outskirts of Baghdad might provide evidence that Iraq has been developing chemical weapons and
long-range ballistic missiles in violation of U.N. resolutions, according to Indian court documents and experts on Iraq's military programs.
The court documents were filed in the case of a company under investigation for violating India's export regulations.
Investigators say NEC Engineers Private Ltd. illegally shipped consignments of sensitive dual-use equipment -- that is, materials that can be used for
civilian or military purposes -- to Iraq between 1998 and 2001, a period when no U.N. inspectors were inside Iraq.
The documents indicate the firm also helped construct facilities at the two chemical plants.
In statements to Indian investigators, obtained by CNN, a senior official at NEC Engineers Private Ltd. said large amounts of chlorine were removed
from the Fallujah chemical complex, which was constructed by Indian engineers. Experts say chlorine can be used in the production of chemical weapons
like mustard gas and nerve agents.