Saudi arms sales illegal, British court decides

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Andrew Smith, spokesperson for Campaign Against Arms Trade in Britain, speaks to the media outside the Royal Courts of Justice, London, after they won a landmark legal challenge at the Court of Appeal over the Government's decision to continue to allow arms sales to Saudi ArabiaBy Ceren Sagir in Britain:

Thursday, June 20, 2019

The government broke the law over its arms sales to the Saudis, court rules

Campaign Against the Arms Trade, represented by solicitors Leigh Day, brought legal action against International Trade Secretary Liam Fox

VICTORY was declared by anti-arms trade campaigners today as a British court ruled that the government broke the law over its sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia.

The Court of Appeal in London decided to overturn a 2017 high court judgement that allowed the government to continue licensing the export of arms to Saudi Arabia that may be used against Yemen.

After today’s judgement the government announced that it has stopped approving the sale of weapons that could be used in Yemen.

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said the government would challenge the ruling but suspended new export licences for Saudi Arabia

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