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Britain imposes sanctions on Sudan: list of major arms companies

Britain imposes sanctions on Sudan: list of major arms companies

The warring parties in Sudan make a lot of money from weapons. Now their property in British territory is being confiscated.

Escaping the conflict in Sudan, the warring parties make a lot of money with weapons Photo: Abdul Adoom Mahamad/Image Alliance

Berlin taz | After the US, Great Britain has now imposed economic sanctions against companies in Sudan whose activities help finance the government army or rebel fighters RSF (Rapid Support Forces).

On the government side, it concerns the military-owned state arms group DIS (Defense Industrial Systems), subsidiary Zadna International and supplier Sudan Master Technology. On the RSF side, al-Junaid, a company founded by RSF boss Hamdan Daghlo Hamedi, arms supplier Tradit General and financial giant GSK were affected.

The British government claimed that all of these companies were “reliable sources of money and arms” for Sudan’s warring factions; Their possessions in British territory are confiscated. Four of the six companies were already subject to similar sanctions in the US on June 1; GSK and Zadna are now joining forces in the UK.

The most consequential is that Sudan’s state-run arms company, DIS, has been excluded from two of the world’s most important financial centers. According to US statistics, DIS includes 200 companies with annual profits in the billions. The EU is expected to follow London and Washington.