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Ketton businessman denies arms trafficking charge

John Charlesworth, 50, of Aldgate, Ketton, who is on trial at Guildford Crown Court charged with brokering arms deals to Sudan during the country's civil war
























Photo: KERRY DAVIES/INS News Agency Ltd

John Charlesworth, 50, of Aldgate, Ketton, who is on trial at Guildford Crown Court charged with brokering arms deals to Sudan during the country's civil war Photo: KERRY DAVIES/INS News Agency Ltd

A businessman from Ketton has gone on trial accused of taking part in illegal arms trafficking.

John Charlesworth, 50, of Aldgate, faces two counts of promoting arms sales in Sudan between 2007 and 2011 despite a trading ban.

He is on trial at Guildford Crown Court alongside Christopher McDowell, 55, of Shiplake, near Henley, Oxfordshire, who is chief executive of arms brokers Wellfind.

Charlesworth is a director of a company called JMTC, which is part of the Wellfind Group.

McDowell is charged with two counts of dealing arms in Ghana without a UK licence and two counts of promoting arms sales in Sudan.

Both men deny the charges against them.

The trial is expected to last three weeks.

 

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