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Alleged Gun Smuggler Investigated in Liberia
6 June 2013
Police in Monrovia are investigating a man identified as Bernard Cooper in connection with illegal entry of guns in Liberia. Cooper is believed to be a Liberian-American national.
Sources told this paper that suspect Cooper was arrested Friday, May 31, 2013 in the vicinity of the Monrovia City Hall in Sinkor and taken to the headquarters of the Liberia National Police for investigation.
During preliminary probe by criminal investigators on Saturday, June 1, 2013 after... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: News (Monrovia)
Egypt Major Recipient of Illicit Libyan Weapons: UN Report
10 April 2013
Daily News (Egypt)
The United Nations published a report on Tuesday which concludes that weapons used during the Libyan civil war against Muammar Gaddafi are being funnelled at an alarming rate to other countries in the region.
The report said these weapons have been found to be used in the recent war in Mali, the West Bank in Palestine and the ongoing Syrian civil war, with Egypt and the Sahel region receiving the most significant amounts. The report said these weapons are fuelling... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Daily News (Egypt)
Armed Crime Rate Rising in Liberia, Call for More Police Resources
30 November 2012
New Democrat (Monrovia)
The public fear and anxiety that greeted the sordid activities of armed robbers in and around Monrovia now appear to have receded with residents in many communities no longer complaining of threats posed daring armed robbers.
When the fear engulfed many households at the onset of the end-of-year festivities, police swung into action and imposed a nighttime curfew on motorcyclists seen as providing innocuous conduit to suspected armed robbers bent on making life... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: New Democrat (Monrovia)
Liberia Police Admit Operation Failing to Reduce Armed Crime Rate
2 November 2012
Despite the launch of a special operation code named "Operation Safe Haven", armed robbers have intensified their onslaughts on peaceful citizens across Monrovia.
As victims cry for help and nurse their wounds, Police Director Col. Chris Massaquoi has admitted that the violent crime of arm robbery is on the increase in Monrovia and its surroundings [sic].
Speaking Thursday when he addressed the Ministry of Information weekly press conference, the Police Chief said arm... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: News (Liberia)
Liberia Police Catch Armed Robber Under New 'Operation Safe Haven'
24 October 2012
Barely one week following the launch of "Operation Safe Haven", the Liberia National Police has arrested and detained a notorious armed robber suspect identified as Junior Jerry alias "School Face." Suspect School Face was arrested late Thursday night on Old Road with a single barrel short gun and three live bullets.
An LNP release disclosed that the latest arrest of the armed robber suspect is the first since "Operation Safe Haven" was launched.
During the armed... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Inquirer (Monrovia)
US Businessman Accused Of Smuggling Guns Into Liberia
29 August 2012
Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St Paul)
A federal grand jury has indicted a 38-year-old Twin Cities businessman for allegedly smuggling firearms into the West African nation of Liberia for the past several years.
McHarding Degan Galimah faces a single smuggling charge under an indictment handed up Aug. 22 and unsealed this week in Minneapolis.
Galimah, also known as Mac, allegedly shipped firearms to Liberia without a proper license between April 2009 and April 2012.
Liberia endured several years of civil... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St Paul)
Liberia President Signs New Gun Law
25 August 2012
Xinhua / Herald (Zimbabwe)
Morovia — The Liberian government has enacted a law creating a commission on small arms. The mandate of the Commission on Small Arms is to formulate and implement measures to help curtail the proliferation, illicit manufacturing, trafficking and distribution of small arms and light weapons.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who on Thursday evening signed the act into law at a ceremony here, described the event as another milestone in Liberia's desire to embrace peace,... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Xinhua / Herald (Zimbabwe)
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For Africa, Ammunition Control Deserves Global Gun Trade Treaty Focus
9 July 2012
IRIN (UN News)
JOHANNESBURG — For a couple of hundred dollars or less an arms dealer can illegally source a blank end user certificate with the required signatures and stamps - needed to transfer weapons across international borders - and "if no one checks its authenticity (often the case) he can ship his wares to the world's hotspots with minimal risk, for maximum profit," a report by the Small Arms Survey (SAS) said in 2008.
Since then "not much has changed" Glenn McDonald, based... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: IRIN (UN News)
Arms Trade Treaty Must Include All Guns and Ammo, Says Australia
2 July 2012
Sydney Morning Herald, Opinion
Ten years ago, tens of thousands of Kalashnikov assault rifles were transported into the West African country of Liberia. It was a violation of the UN arms embargo. The weapons were used by forces loyal to Charles Taylor to commit the most terrible crimes.
Boys, some as young as 11, were handed these weapons and told to kill. In the farms and villages of places such as Bong County on the border with Guinea, these Kalashnikovs became weapons of massive destruction. The... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Sydney Morning Herald
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Of 230,000 Guns Made in Ghana, 56% Are Unlicensed, in Unknown Hands
26 April 2012
Ghanaian Chronicle (Ghana), Editorial
It is not at the alarm state yet. But, the disclosure that 56 percent of a total of 230,000 small arms manufactured in the country remains unlicensed, and in hands that could not be identified, pose a threat to the security of the state. It means that as many as 125,000 illicit guns are in the system without any means of tracking them.
In addition, there are other light weapons which might have trickled down from conflict areas like Cote d'Ivoire, Sierra Leone and... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Ghanaian Chronicle (Ghana)
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Shadowy 'Merchants of Death' Behind Africa's Illegal Gun-Running
11 April 2012
Think Africa Press (London)
Arms dealer Viktor Bout was sentenced to 25 years by a US federal court last week.
Widely known as the 'merchant of death', the 45-year-old Russian has delivered weapons and arms to a wide range of presidents, insurgents and rebels in Africa and the Middle East including the likes of Charles Taylor in Liberia and Jonas Savimbi in Angola. He was caught in a US sting in which his services were solicited for the supply of weapons to Colombia's FARC rebels.
His companies... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Think Africa Press (London)
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Anti-piracy Security Firms Keep Guns in Floating Armouries to Avoid Law
22 March 2012
NAIROBI, Kenya — Private security firms are storing their guns aboard floating armories in international waters so ships that want armed anti-piracy guards for East Africa's pirate-infested waters can cut costs and circumvent laws limiting the import and export of weapons, industry officials say.
Companies and legal experts say the operation of the armories is a "legal gray area" because few, if any, governments have laws governing the practice. Some security... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Associated Press
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Brazilian Gun Industry Seeks New Markets: Africa and Asia [Portugues]
27 January 2012
[Translated summary: With the support of the Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs, Brazilian gun manufacturers seek new markets in countries with a history of human rights violations: Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Philippines and Yemen. Brazil is among the six countries in the world with annual exports exceeding $ 100 million, according to recent research from Small Arms Survey. According to the Army, responsible for supervising and controlling exports from 2005 to... (GunPolicy.org)
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Stopping the Trade in Death, Gun Trafficking, Smuggling - Opinion
6 December 2011
New York Times, Opinion
On a dark November morning in 2004, I woke up in my bungalow overlooking Lake Kivu, tense with anticipation. Our small United Nations team was about to undertake a surprise inspection of three airfields in eastern Congo, notorious for smuggling operations.
With the backing of U.N. peacekeeping forces and a U.N. Security Council mandate, we searched almost every incoming and outgoing aircraft that day. By evening, we had the evidence to link several aviation front... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: New York Times
Ban on Ownership, Use of Firearms, Ammunition Extended in Liberia
26 October 2011
An Executive Order, reinstituting a total ban on the ownership and use of firearms and ammunitions in Liberia, has been extended. Executive Order No. 34 bans the possession, use, sale or manufacture of firearms, which include all arms of precision such as flintlock guns with unrifled barrels and shotguns. The ban excludes single-barrel guns used solely for hunting, which must, however, be registered with the Ministry of Justice through the Office of the Superintendent... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Heritage (Monrovia)
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Africa: Analysis: How Best to Remove Guns from Post-conflict Zones?
28 July 2011
IRIN (UN News)
JOHANNESBURG - Cash for guns or buy-back programmes in post-conflict states have fallen out of favour as a method of ridding a society of weapons, and have been replaced by often elaborate schemes designed to remove money from the equation, but the debate continues as to the best way forward.
The disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) community has grappled for years with buy-back practices and acknowledges they can have a profound effect on the nature of... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: IRIN (UN News)