UK Arms Dealer Sentenced for Smuggling
Taylor, Marcus, Arms Control Today
A British arms dealer was sentenced to jail Oct. 26 for arms smuggling and tax fraud, the United Kingdom's tax agency said in a press statement.
Gary hyde was found guilty of arranging the illegal shipment of 40,000 AK-47s, 30,000 rifles, 10,000 makarov ninemillimeter pistols, and 32 million rounds of ammunition from China directly to Nigeria some time between march 2006 and December 2007, according to the tax agency, which brought the charges against him. he coordinated the purchase and shipment of the weapons through his company in the United Kingdom, the agency said.
According to the agency's statement, his conviction stemmed from his failure to acquire a license for the arms transfer, which violated a 2003 British law. Additionally, the statement said, hyde hid his $1 million commission from the deal in an offshore bank account in Liechtenstein, which resulted in a conviction for concealing criminal property.
The tax agency said in the statement that it established hyde's involvement in the transaction through e-mail records and by using his cellphone's GPS data to establish that he was in the United Kingdom when he negotiated the deal, thereby making him subject to British arms export law. …