Monday, 13 May 2013
Iranian Businessman Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Shipping Guns to Nigeria
An Iranian man convicted of smuggling arms into Nigeria has been sentenced to five years in prison by a Federal High court sitting in Lagos.
The BBC reports that Rockets, mortars and grenades were among the weapons seized from a ship which docked in Lagos in 2010.
Court documents said they were due for re-export to The Gambia, in defiance of a UN arms embargo on Iran.
Nigerian Usman Abbas Jega was convicted alongside Azim Aghajani, who is alleged to be a member of Iran's Revolutionary Guards and is on a UN blacklist.