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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.

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