Investigative journalists: USA delivered Czech arms to Syria14 September 2017 | 09:35 | FOCUS News Agency
The Czech Foreign Ministry rejected the criticism. The USA used the arms within military and security programmes, which the ministry supported because they were aimed at enhancing international security, including the fight against terrorists.
A part of the weapons were bought in the Czech Republic, the CCIZ, which cooperated with the Centre for Research into Corruption and Organised Crime (OCCRP), said, referring to publicly accessible documents.
This means that the U.S. Department of Defense violated the conditions of the sale of arms, CCIZ said.
This ensued from the publicly accessible documents that the U.S. Department of Defense had bought obsolete AK-47 assault rifles, grenade launchers, mortars and other Soviet-era military equipment for 500 million dollars in Central Europe.
The Department of Defense then sent the weapons to Syria to train and equip the rebels fighting Islamic State and President Bashar al-Assad, while it told its suppliers that Americans would be their users.
The journalists examined seven tenders put up by the Department of Defense. They related to the purchase of arms from the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania and Georgia for 71 million dollars.
"For each arms exporting deal, the exporter needs to present a series of documents to obtain the export licence," the CCIZ said.
It is approved by the foreign and industry and trade ministries. The certificate of final user is one of the necessary documents. It is to guarantee that the weapons will not end in the hands of undesirable users such as terrorists.
The Pentagon submitted false information in the document as it claimed that the U.S. military, not Syrian rebels would be the final user, the CCIZ said.
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