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Iranian and Nigerian sentenced for smuggling arms to Nigeria

May 14, 2013 at 9:32 AM

LAGOS, Nigeria, May 14 (UPI) -- A Nigerian court has sentenced an Iranian man and his Nigerian counterpart to 17 years in jail for illegal importation of firearms from Iran, prosecutors said.

Azim Aghajani of Iran and Ali Jega were convicted of importing containers that were supposed to hold building supplies but instead were loaded with firearms and explosives, the Daily Trust of Nigeria reported Tuesday.

In a related development, a Lagos Federal High Court set June 18 for the re-arraignment of 15 Russian sailors accused of unlawful importation of arms to Nigeria.

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