play_arrow

keyboard_arrow_right

skip_previous play_arrow skip_next
00:00 00:00
chevron_left
volume_up
chevron_left
  • cover play_arrow

    Rother Radio (128k) Love Local, Love Music!

  • cover play_arrow

    Rother Radio (64K) Love Local, Love Music!

  • cover play_arrow

    Hit Music Radio (128K) More Music Variety!

  • cover play_arrow

    Hit Music Radio (64K) The Best Variety of Hits!

World News

UN peacekeepers accused of helping smuggle diamonds and drugs out of Central African Republic

today08/11/2021

Background
share close

A “handful” of Portuguese peacekeepers may have been involved in smuggling gold, diamonds and drugs out of the Central African Republic (CAR).

The soldiers, part of the United Nations peacekeeping force in the country, are alleged to have been part of a crime ring that used military planes to transport the illicit goods to Portugal, the office of the Portuguese Armed Forces Chief of Staff said in a statement.

More than 300 inspectors raided nearly 100 properties in Portugal as part of the investigation, police said on Monday.

Officers said the “criminal network” had international links and 10 people have been arrested so far – some of them ex-military.

They are likely to appear in court this week.

The Portuguese military said officials became aware of the alleged crime ring in December 2019, along with suspicions that some of its soldiers may have been used as couriers.

More stringent checks have been put in place for soldiers returning to Portugal after peacekeeping missions.

More on Central African Republic

In a statement, military officials said: “The armed forces totally repudiate these behaviours which contradict the values ​​of the military institution.”

Portugal’s defence minister Joao Gomes Cravinho said: “Everything suggests that these were activities undertaken on their own initiative by a handful of soldiers and not something systemic.”

Hundreds of Portuguese soldiers have been deployed in the CAR over the past few years, as the country struggles with violence that worsened after a coalition of rebels seized power in 2013.

It is rich in gold and diamonds but it is also one of the poorest countries in the world.

 Sky News

© Sky News 2021

Written by: Rother Radio News


Previous post

UK News

Three more COVID vaccines added to UK’s approved travel list as rules simplify for children

The list of approved COVID vaccines for inbound travel to the UK will be expanded later this month, the government has announced.From 4am on 22 November, the Sinovac, Sinopharm Beijing and Covaxin jabs will be added. It means that more fully vaccinated people from countries including the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and India will be able to visit.Latest COVID updates from the UK and around the world Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 1:29 Double take-off […]

today08/11/2021