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Belgian accused of violating US export law

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CHICAGO (AP) -- A Belgian businessman is accused of attempting to ship products that could be used in nuclear-related programs from a Chicago-area company to Malaysia, via Belgium.

U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon announced charges against 36-year-old Nicholas Kaiga Wednesday. He'll be arraigned Thursday in Chicago.

A prosecutor's statement says the specialized tubes are "controlled for nuclear proliferation purposes" and can be used "in the aerospace industry, among other applications."

Prosecutors said a Malaysian company involved "is a front company operated by an individual...located at times in Iran." They didn't elaborate.

Kaiga has homes in Brussels and London. He was arrested in June in New York. He faces multiple charges, including violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.

Kaiga's lawyer didn't return a message seeking comment.

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