Prosecution launched against two arms companies
Two campaigners have launched a private prosecution of two arms companies: Tiajin Myway International Trading Company and Magforce International over the sale of illegal weapons.
The prosecution was launched earlier this month after the two companies were found to be selling the illegal weapons at the DSEi Arms Fair in London last September.
In a statement through their solicitors the campaigners said that the companies involved were promoting stun guns and leg restraints, both of which were classified as Category A items under the Export Order Act 2008 and were therefore being unlawfully promoted.
Last year Caroline Lucas MP asked questions in Parliament about the unlawful promotion of weapons at DSEI and organiser Clarion Events ejected the companies, admitting that their ‘compliance checks’ had failed.
The two campaigners launching the prosecution have recently had charges against them for public order offences during protests at the 2013 DSEI arms fair dropped.
The pair said in a statement commented:
“Following repeated attempts by our lawyers at disclosure regarding the nature and extent of the authorities’ investigation into breaches of law at the arms fair, most of our trial group’s criminal prosecutions were dropped. This week, we commenced our own private prosecution proceedings against the arms dealers.
We want to make clear that we are not merely opposed to ‘illegal’ weapons at the arms fair, we are against the arms fair full stop and everything it represents: the corruption, the human misery, and the profiteering by a narrow elite at the expense of people and planet. We see this private prosecution as a further step towards meeting our objective of discrediting and then stopping the DSEI arms fair for good. “
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