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Arms trafficking involving soldiers: five suspects indicted, four imprisoned

2021-01-15T20:46:43.331Z

The ten men are suspected of having supplied weapons to drug traffickers and supporters of the ultra-right.



Five of the ten suspects, taken into police custody Tuesday in an investigation into a vast arms trafficking in France, were indicted on Friday and four were imprisoned, we learned from a judicial source.

A 31-year-old soldier and a 57-year-old man were remanded in custody.

Two other suspects, a 31-year-old former soldier and a 30-year-old man, requested time to prepare their defense before the liberty and detention judge and were jailed pending this debate.

A fifth 25-year-old person has been placed under judicial control, the same source said.

All five were indicted for "acquisition, possession, transfer and transport in assembly of weapons of categories A and B in assembly" and "association of criminals", she said.

Four of them are also being prosecuted for "possession of category C weapons", one for "carrying and transporting category D weapons without legitimate reason" and one for "weapon modification".

The other five suspects were "still under the control of justice" Friday evening, said the judicial source.

Weapons supplied to the ultra-right

The ten men are suspected of having supplied weapons to drug traffickers and supporters of the ultra-right, sources familiar with the matter told AFP.

Among the ten suspects, "one of them was known to be an extreme right-wing sympathizer while another was listed S because of his links with the ultra-right", specifies the daily Le Monde.

Two soldiers are implicated in this arms trafficking: one works at the Ministry of Defense, the second is assigned to a base in eastern France.

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According to TF1, which had revealed the crackdown, some suspects bought from private collectors assault rifles, automatic pistols, machine guns rendered inoperative.

“This arsenal was then made active again, remilitarized, before being sold on the black market to the highest bidders,” the channel said.

The ten men were arrested Tuesday in Ile-de-France, in the east and the south of France by the brigade of repression of banditry (BRB) of the judicial police of Paris.

"Several tons of weapons and ammunition were seized and a cache of weapons was discovered during the searches," said Le Monde.

A judicial investigation, entrusted to investigating judges of the specialized interregional jurisdiction of Paris (Jirs), had been opened on June 25, 2020.

Source: leparis

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