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Export Licenses Denied

April 14, 1989

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The government said Thursday it has denied U.S. export privileges to six Europeans in two separate export control cases, one involving alleged illegal shipments to the Soviet Union and the other related to the threat of illegal exports to Bulgaria.

In the first case, the Commerce Department issued orders denying export privileges to Goran Josberg and his firms, Globe Trade, Globe Computers and Globe Metals of Stockholm, Sweden, and to Helmut Keck and his firm, OTC Mess- Und Videoteknik, GmbH, of Hamburg, West Germany.

Josberg’s denial of export privileges extends for 35 years and Keck’s for 10 years, the agency said.

Between 1983 and 1985, Josburg allegedly directed a conspiracy in which Keck and others received sophisticated U.S. technology and equipment through Keck’s dummy corporations in West Germany, the department said. The two then allegedly re-exported the technology through Finland to the Soviet Union without authorization from the Commerce Department.

The equipment included a WAS-3000 airstream modulator that has direct military applications because it is used to test missiles and missile components, said Paul Freedenberg, undersecretary for export administration.

″Some members of this high-tech diversion ring posed as legitimate businessmen in Sweden, West Germany and Singapore to acquire U.S.-origin technology for their carefully planned scheme to supply highly sought-after, militarily useful items to East Bloc countries,″ Freedenberg said.

In the latter case, the Commerce Department issued a 180-day ban on export privileges for four businessmen and their firms because they were suspected of trying to obtain U.S.-origin equipment for illegal export to Bulgaria.

The order, effective April 6, covers Franciscus B. Govaerts and his firm, Printlas Europa; Goris Christiaan Grandia and his firm, Grandia Project Services; Marcel Sanders and his firm, Belgian Trading Company Lokeren S.A. and Roger Van Alphen.

The department alleged that Govaerts attempted to export a memory test system and laser repair system to Grandia and Van Alphen in the Netherlands by falsely describing the equipment on a shipper’s export declaration.

Grandia and Van Alphen, with the help of Sanders, planned to re-export the equipment to Grandia’s customers in Bulgaria without approval, the agency said. Sanders allegedly was to finance the illegal purchase and shipment, Commerce said.

Govaerts and Sanders were arrested on related charges in December and are awaiting trial; Grandia was arrested in Italy and has been released on bail pending extradition to the United States; Van Alphen still is at large, the department said.