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Thursday, 6 December 2012

British arms dealer jailed for smuggling guns to Nigeria

A British arms dealer who helped ship thousands of guns including ammunition from China to Nigeria without a license was jailed for seven years at London’s Southwark Crown court on Wednesday.

Gary Hyde, 43, from Yorkshire in Northern England was convicted for two counts of breaching UK trade controls and concealing criminal property.  In 2006, he got involved in the deal between China and Nigeria which involved the transfer of 40,000 AK47 assault rifles, 30,000 other rifles and 10,000 nine-millimeter pistols to Nigeria along with 32 million rounds of ammunition.

Hyde moved the weapons without a license and hid more than one million US dollars in commission payments.

The deal between the two countries’ governments was lawful, but Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith said middleman Hyde was caught out by his own greed and was attracted by the profits to be made.

He was convicted after a retrial on two counts of becoming knowingly concerned in the movement of controlled goods between March 2006 and December 2007.

Culled from Citizen's Platform

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