One and a half million penalty for exporting defense equipment

Kongsberg District CourtKongsberg District Court.Photo: domstol.no

A machine shop has been fined 1.5 million for selling used military vehicles to the Eritrean regime.

The case involves one of the armed forces biggest customers of used materials. A machine shop was found guilty of exporting 58 trucks to Eritrea in violation of Norwegian laws on arms exports, and a UN embargo against the country’s regime. The guilty verdict was delivered by the Kongsberg District Court, according to the newspaper, Dagbladet.

In 2012, a man sought a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Utenriksdepartementet – UD) license to export trucks from Norway. After receiving a ‘no’ from UD, he still went ahead with the exports.

He claims UD misunderstood the case, and that the trucks are not military, so therefore are not covered by the embargo against the Eritrean regime.

The District Court judged that the prosecution had upheld its case, and sentenced the machine dealer to a fine, and confiscation of 1.5 million kroner.

‘The verdict will be appealed’, said the defence counsel, Morten Wexels.

 

Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today

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