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  • Guy Savage Extradition Hearing

    http://www.harrowobserver.co.uk/west...6451-28180243/

    A suspected arms dealer from Pinner facing extradition to the United States has denied his involvement in smuggling weapons, including an M16 assault rifle.
    Guy Savage, 42, of Daymer Gardens, is accused of breaching export regulations in his job in charge of Northolt weapons manufacturer, Sabre Defence Industries.
    The married father-of-two appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Tuesday (15), when extradition proceedings began.
    Savage insisted that he committed only 'regulatory offences' and was not guilty of arms smuggling.
    On behalf of the US Government, lawyer Peter Caldwell said the extradition request related to 'business activities conducted by Mr Savage' in his role as the CEO and shareholder Sabre Defence Industries US, and its UK sister company.
    Mr Caldwell said: "Both companies are licensed to manufacture firearms and military equipment for which special permissions was granted in each jurisdiction both for their manufacture and their supply.
    "The allegation in the US is that equipment was exported in breach of licence restrictions placed upon the export of the equipment and that equipment was exported to the UK. The nature of the articles exported ranged from M16 assault rifles, to barrels, receivers and silencers..
    "The essence on the allegation is not that Mr Savage was not entitled to export but that items were misdescribed. There are similar restrictions in this country and, in due course, submissions will be made in respect of double criminality."
    Savage's business premises in Bell Vue Road, Northolt, are still being searched. Arms have been seized and Savage's licence to hold them revoked by the secretary of state, said Mr Caldwell. search of Savage's Pinner has concluded.
    Seth Levine, defending the arm's dealer, said: "It is our submission that Mr Savage, if guilty of the government's case, is guilty of essentially regulatory offences. He's a properly licensed trader in arms. He was entitled to be exporting and importing items like these.
    "There's no suggestion that the end users were anything other than appropriate end users. There's no suggestion that he was engaged in the clandestine smuggling of arms that could end up in nefarious hands."
    Mr Levine told the court that Savage’s companies had been operating on the ‘margins of liquidity'. factory he owned in Tennessee has filed for bankruptcy and his home was re-mortgaged.
    Judge Kenneth Grant granted Savage conditional bail and adjourned the extradition hearing until March 29.
    He must reside at his address in Pinner on a curfew between 9pm and 6am and will be electronically monitored. He was also ordered to provide a £25,000 security and to surrender two British passports held in his name.
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