The German chemical company Brenntag defends its deliveries to Syria

Brenntag reported supplying chemical substances to Syria which are suspected of being used in chemical weapons

Brenntag, which is a German chemical distributor, has completely denied avoidance of European Union Export rules on the constrained chemicals, a few of which were delivered to a pharmaceutical firm in Syria.

A Switzerland-based subsidiary of the German chemical wholesaler was reported to supply diethylamine & isopropanol to Syria. The chemical substances can be used to make nerve agents ‘Sarin’ other than its uses in the pharma industry.

According to the Brenntag, the delivery was in compliance with Swiss law.

Experts of the United Nations said that there has been repeated use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government forces.

It was confirmed by Brentagg that delivery of diethylamine & isopropanol to Syria did take place by means of its subsidiary ‘Brenntag Schweizerhall AG’ in accordance with the applicable law.

A statement from the firm came which stressed that the company did not circumvent European Union export restrictions. According to the firm these chemical substances were intended to be used in the production of an analgesic.

There was a drop in the shares of the German chemical wholesaler of 6 percent on Wednesday. Brentagg describes itself as the pioneering global market in the distribution of chemicals. It has its operations in 76 countries and around 16K employees are currently working in the firm.

Its deal with Syria was first reported by a Swiss group Tamedia and by a broadcaster ‘Bayerischer Rundfunk ‘.

In this March, the United Nations’Commission of Inquiry investigating the Syrian war said that the forces of President Bashar al-Assad were behind 32 of 37 chemical attacks during the period included the use of chlorine and Sarin.

The Syrian Government totally denied the use of chemical weapons.

Reuter’s news agency says that Essen prosecutors reported that they have received a complaint from 3 private firms: Berlin’s Syrian Archive, New York’s Open Society Justice Initiative & Switzerland’s Trial International.

It has not yet been decided by the prosecutors whether there should be an opening of a formal investigation into the case or not.

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