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Fact Sheet
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
February 19, 2003


Sanctions Imposed on Indian Entities Pursuant to the Chemical/Biological Weapons Sanctions Law

On February 4, 2003, penalties were imposed on the Indian entity, NEC Engineers Private, Ltd., and an Indian individual, Hans Raj Shiv, pursuant to the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991. NEC Engineers Private, Ltd. is an entity originally based in India, but also operating in the Middle East and Eurasia. Hans Raj Shiv, NEC Engineers Private, Ltd.’s president, was previously residing in India, but last believed to be in the Middle East. The penalties will remain in effect for at least 12 months. Penalties were previously imposed on Hans Raj Shiv on July 9, 2002, pursuant to the Iran-Iraq Arms Nonproliferation Act of 1992.

This determination has been published in the Federal Register.

Penalties were imposed on these entities for knowingly and materially contributing to Iraq’s chemical/biological weapons (CBW) program.

The penalties imposed on NEC Engineers Private, Ltd. and Hans Raj Shiv pursuant to the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 are as follows:

  • The U.S. Government shall not procure, or enter into any contract for the procurement of, any goods or services from the sanctioned entities and their successors; and

  • The importation into the United States of products produced by the sanctioned entities and their successors shall be prohibited.

The Indian government was informed through diplomatic channels of our recent sanctions decision; we are not in a position to discuss the details of our contacts on this issue. These penalties are specific to the named entities, and do not extend to India or the Indian government.

Indeed, we see these steps as consistent with the Indian government’s ongoing efforts to halt Indian entities from engaging in illicit activities with WMD and missile programs in the Middle East and elsewhere.

The Indian government has been conducting its own investigation into the activities of NEC and affiliated companies, has taken steps to try to prevent further proliferant exports, and has arrested two principals of the company. Unfortunately, NEC and Shiv have shifted operations to other locations. We hope our actions will support the steps India is taking, and will encourage other governments to take similar steps.  


    Released on February 19, 2003

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