CHISINAU — A Moldovan court sentenced three people for their part in illegal trafficking of uranium-235, which can be used in making nuclear weapons.
The three were part of a five-member group. They were seized by police in central Chisinau in June, apparently while exchanging a cylinder containing the radioactive material for cash.
"A woman, a Russian citizen of 38 years, was sentenced to three years in jail. Her accomplice got five years, and a third accused was fined 15,000 lei [$1,200]," said Maria Vieru, spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office. Vieru said the woman jailed came from Tiraspol, the main city of Moldova's breakaway region of Transdnestr.