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Swiss arms exporters use law loopholes

National News // Sept. 4, 2018

The Federal Audit Office says Swiss arms manufacturers are adapt at finding loopholes in the law to ship weapons to war zones.


pixabay Swiss arms exporters use law loopholes

The office says the sector uses exemptions for exporting weapons parts for assembly in third countries before ending up on the front line.

It cites examples of tanks in Qatar which went through Canada and small arms which ended up in Saudi Arabia after travelling through the United States.

But the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs which sets the rules says the Audit Office report is one-sided and hinted it may have overstepped its legal mandate.


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