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Swede on trial for Colombian arms running

Published onsdag 11 maj 2011 kl 10.46

A grand jury in New York has charged a Swedish man with trying to sell weapons to Colombian guerrillas, in exchange for cocaine.

The Swede was arrested in Panama and pleaded not guilty Monday in a Manhattan federal court. He faces charges of drug smuggling, providing support to terrorists, money laundering and weapons possession.

Derek Maltz, head of the American Drug Enforcement Administration’s special operations division, said in a statement that the Swede “commanded a global empire of weaponry and sought to arm and fund insurgents and terrorists around the world”.

The man’s lawyer says her client had no interest in harming the United States, and that the case is part of a pattern by American drug agents overstepping their bounds to entrap foreign citizens.

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