Briton on trial for illegally shipping 80,000 guns to Nigeria

A British-based arms dealer reportedly helped organise the shipment of thousands of guns from China to Nigeria without the necessary licence. The BBC reported on Thursday that Gary Hyde was accused of partly arranging and organising the shipment in 2007 of 80,000 rifles and pistols and 32 million rounds of ammunition. Southwark Crown Court heard he did not receive permission from the relevant government department. Hyde, from Derwent near York, denies the charges. The court was told the shipment involved 40,000 AK47 assault rifles, 30,000 rifles and 10,000 9mm pistols. Prosecutor Mukul Chawla QC told the jury his actions were a “deliberate and calculated breach of the law”. Hyde carried out his part in the deals with his business partner Karl Kleber, a German national based in Germany, the court was told. The pair acted as middle men between two Polish companies acting for the Nigerian buyers and Chinese companies. Chawla said commission payments for the deals totalled around $1.3


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