Companies Ejected From UK Arms Fair

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  Two companies from France and China were ejected from an international arms fair in London yesterday after it was discovered that they were promoting items which are illegal under UK law.

MP Caroline Lucas of the UK Green Party had earlier raised a point of order in the House of Commons to highlight the issue saying:

“I have evidence which, I have in my hand, that French company MagForce International and Chinese company Tianjin Myway International Trading have been promoting illegal weapons of torture at the DSEI arms fare, which is being held in London Docklands this week.”

DSEI later released a statement confirming the removal of the companies’ staff and equipment saying:

“We can confirm that the Tianjin Myway International Trading Co. and MagForce International have been ejected from DSEI having been found with literature in breach of British law.

“DSEI takes the issue of compliance very seriously and once we became aware that Tianjin Myway International Trading Co. and MagForce International had breached British law, their stands were immediately shut down and their staff ejected from DSEI.

“The literature in question has been confiscated and passed to HMRC for further investigation. DSEI’s compliance team is also looking into the matter further.”

Caroline Lucas MP for Brighton Pavilion later said:

“It’s frankly disgusting that items like this are being are being promoted at a supposedly legitimate trade event in Britain.

“It’s incredibly worrying that it takes a question in Parliament for action to be taken when there was clear evidence of items being promoted illegally.  Time and again the organisers of DSEI have shown that they cannot guarantee that exhibitors will remain within the law. The Government is supposed to regulate this event and has shown startling complacency.”

Defence Security and Equipment International which claims to be the world’s leading defence and security face is a biennial exhibition held over three days in London Docklands. This year’s event was opened by Defence Secretary Philip Hammond who highlighted the important ties between the industry and government.