Sunday, 22 March 2015 20:43

UK arms deals obfuscating to hide reality of sales

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A London-based professor of economics says the details of Britain’s weapons contracts are shrouded in secrecy “to hide the reality that the UK supplies arms to the most anti-democratic regimes.”

Professor Rodney Shakespeare believes, “The UK system of allegedly licensing the sales of arms is deliberately confusing and obfuscating, the purpose of which is to hide the reality that the UK supplies arms to the most gruesome, authoritarian, anti-democratic regimes in the world.”

His comments come as British lawmakers say the government is helping to conceal the scale of the country’s arms trade by encouraging the use of licenses, which obscure payments and those making the purchases from public view.

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