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NZ link to plane seized with North Korea weapons (New Zealand company involved)
Nationa Business Review (New Zealand) ^ | 12/15/09 | Liam Baldwin

Posted on 12/15/2009 7:28:40 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster

NZ link to plane seized with North Korea weapons

Liam Baldwin | Tuesday December 15 2009 - 03:42pm

A New Zealand company has been linked to a cargo plane seized in Thailand suspected of smuggling North Korea arms this week, possibly to the Middle East.

Agence France Presse (AFP) quoted Georgian officials linking New Zealand registered company SP Trading to renting the plane – an Ilyushin-76 aircraft – to deliver its cargo.

The plane was seized at Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport late last week during a refuelling stop. It was discovered that it contained 30 tonnes of weapons from North Korea, which is a violation of UN sanctions against Pyongyang.

(Excerpt) Read more at nbr.co.nz ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: newzealand; nkorea; smuggling; weapon
Somehow I smell the extensive international arms smuggling network.
1 posted on 12/15/2009 7:28:43 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo; Steel Wolf; nuconvert; MizSterious; nw_arizona_granny; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 12/15/2009 7:29:31 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster (LUV DIC -- L,U,V-shaped recession, Depression, Inflation, Collapse)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
The stated mission of the company is reportedly:

“providing an extensive range of offshore company services for privacy, legal tax avoidance, asset protection, financial independence and freedom.”

Well, now they can add ‘high-end’ smuggling.:-

3 posted on 12/15/2009 7:32:16 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster (LUV DIC -- L,U,V-shaped recession, Depression, Inflation, Collapse)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Was the cargo listed as lumber?


4 posted on 12/15/2009 7:55:04 AM PST by edcoil (If I had 1 cent for every dollar the government saved, Bill Gates and I would be friends.)
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From NYT, "The crew members, who said they were unaware they were carrying weapons and thought the cargo was oil-drilling equipment"
5 posted on 12/15/2009 7:58:47 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster (LUV DIC -- L,U,V-shaped recession, Depression, Inflation, Collapse)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

aircraft —russian made
crew - Belarus
weapons - North Korea
customers - Iran?
company - NEW ZEALAND..?!

This is getting complicated. I’m 1/2 waiting for a Swede to pop up, this is so weird, now...


6 posted on 12/15/2009 8:01:23 AM PST by gaijin
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customers - Iran?

Some experts suspect Sudan could be also a likely customer.

The crews also include 4 Kazakhstan nationals. It also implicates a notorious Russian arms dealer languishing in Thai jail fighting off extradition to U.S.. This is the story fit for a Hollywood movie.

7 posted on 12/15/2009 8:54:19 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster (LUV DIC -- L,U,V-shaped recession, Depression, Inflation, Collapse)
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To: gaijin

“I’m 1/2 waiting for a Swede to pop up”

will this make your day:

Sweden expert: Thai plane used for many arms deals:

http://www.etaiwannews.com/etn/news_content.php?id=1132727&lang=eng_news


8 posted on 12/15/2009 9:46:48 AM PST by AdmSmith
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To: TigerLikesRooster
This is the story fit for a Hollywood movie.

It's been made.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_of_war

9 posted on 12/15/2009 11:21:54 AM PST by Cheburashka ("Allahu Akbar!" translates as "Kill me and stuff bacon in my mouth!")
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Even Austrilan news wire pick up the story

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/illicit-thai-arms-plane-linked-to-traffickers/story-e6frg6so-1225810744089


10 posted on 12/15/2009 6:44:16 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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