Wrexham imam jailed for six years for plotting to smuggle £18.6million of illegal arms into Libya

A Wrexham imam has been jailed for six years for plotting to smuggle £18.6million of illegal arms into Libya.

Failed asylum seeker Abdurraouf Eshati, 29, admitted to his role in the plan to send a consignment of 1,100 tonnes of ammunition to Libya via a contact in Italy in breach of a UN arms embargo on the country.

Eshati’s role was to translate the documents for a friend and a senior Libyan Army officer – referred to as ET – who brokered the deal in Italy.

But the plot – which would have armed Gaddafi loyalists – unravelled when fixers recruited to charter a cargo plane for $250,000 (£163,000) to deliver the arms disappeared with their money.

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