Belgian arms trafficker arrested in Portugal
Convicted arms dealer was caught through his enthusiasm for horses
A Belgian arms trafficker has been arrested in Portugal after almost a year on the run.
Jacques Monsieur, 66, was held at a large farmhouse near the Portuguese town of Evora on Wednesday evening, Belgian federal police said.
The Brussels Appeals Court sentenced him to four years in jail and a fine of €1.2 million (Dh4.9m) in October last year for illegal arms trafficking and taking part in a criminal organisation.
Monsieur was sentenced to 23 months in prison in the US in 2010 for trying to smuggle fighter jet parts to Iraq.
In 2002, a Brussels court sentenced Monsieur to more than three months behind bars for selling weapons including grenade launchers and missile parts to Iran, China, Ecuador, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia in the 1980s and 1990s.
His latest arrest came partly through his enthusiasm for horses after an unpaid €2,500-euro bill for transporting animals to Portugal put investigators on his trail.
Updated: August 16, 2019 01:20 AM