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Vol 49 No 16

Published 1st August 2008


Arms and the men

Investigators are probing multimillion pound payments from Britain through secret accounts to a key ally of President Robert Mugabe

Britain’s BAE Systems, one of the world’s biggest arms companies, has paid over £25 million (US$49.5 mn.) to a company whose majority Zimbabwean shareholder is a long-time business ally of President Robert Mugabe’s regime. The multiple investigations into BAE’s role in the affair, which appear to be nearing conclusion, are likely to have serious political repercussions in Britain and South Africa.

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