Peter Biar allegedly arrested in the US for trying to buy guns to be smuggled into South Sudan

Exiled activist Peter Biar Ajak and fellow activist Abraham Chol Keech may face up to 20 years in prison for allegedly trying to purchase and illegally export weapons to South Sudan

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Exiled South Sudanese activist Peter Biar Ajak is allegedly arrested in Arizona, US, for conspiring to purchase and illegally export weapons worth millions of dollars to South Sudan.

According to media reports, Biar faces charges of attempting to smuggle fully automatic rifles, grenade launchers, stinger missile systems, hand grenades, and sniper rifles, violating the UN arms embargo imposed on South Sudan due to ongoing violence. He was arrested alongside fellow activist Abraham Chol Keech.

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The charges involve alleged fraud in ordering weapons and creating a “fake contract” for consulting services related to human rights and humanitarian efforts in South Sudan refugee camps. If convicted, both individuals could face up to 20 years in prison. The Justice Department filed charges detailing their engagement with undercover federal agents who posed as arms dealers in February 2023.

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