Ethiopia Airlines claims weapons seized in Sudan are ‘legal’

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Ethiopian Airlines said on Monday its transport of weapons to Sudan was a “legal and commercial” shipment of hunting guns, after reports the cargo had been confiscated by the authorities in Khartoum.

According to sources, on Sunday, the weapons were seized by customs and an investigation launched after they were flown in on an Ethiopian Airlines passenger flight. The weapons had originally been sent from Russia to Ethiopia in May 2019 and were held by authorities there for two years.

“There are suspicions that they were meant to be used in anti-state crimes, to impede the democratic transition, and prevent transition to civilian rule,” 

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