UK probe into South Su­dan arms deal

The Guardian Weekly - - World Roundup -

8 Weapons ex­ported to South Su­dan in a deal al­legedly bro­kered by a Bri­tish com­pany could be used against UK troops who have been de­ployed to the coun­try as part of a UN mis­sion, Amnesty In­ter­na­tional has warned.

The De­part­ment for In­ter­na­tional Trade is in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether the deal, brought to light by Amnesty In­ter­na­tional, con­sti­tutes a breach of Bri­tish arms ex­port con­trols.

An EU arms em­bargo has been in force against South Su­dan since its in­de­pen­dence in 2011, while Bri­tain has been one of the lead­ing pro­po­nents for the estab­lish­ment of a UN arms em­bargo.

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