Arms dealer who tried to ship 80,000 guns to Nigeria jailed for seven years

by The Telegraph  |  published on December 6, 2012


Gary Hyde, 42, oversaw the £800,000 shipment of tens of thousands of assault rifles, 9mm pistols, rifles, and bullets, from China to Africa in 2007.

Hyde, who started in the gun trade when he was 14, flouted British legislation designed to control the trade and transportation of the weapons despite being regarded as an “authority” on those laws.

The businessman, based in York, acted in “a deliberate and calculated breach of the law” to pull off the $1.3m (£808,000) deal in return for around £280,000, which he attempted to hide in a bank account in Liechtenstein.

The account was registered in the name of a trust of which Hyde and his children were named as the sole beneficiaries.

It is thought the weapons were being bought on behalf of the Nigerian Police force.

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