March 18, 2011 / 12:45 PM / 9 years ago

Gun maker Manroy says has not sold weapons to Libya

LONDON (Reuters) - British machine gun maker Manroy said it has not sold weapons to Libya, in response to a newspaper article which questioned the identity of the Middle East government that the company supplied with arms. Manroy, which supplies the Ministry of Defense with machine guns including the flagship M2 heavy machine gun (HMG), said in response to the article in London’s Evening Standard newspaper that it had not done deals with the Libyan government or any other embargoed regimes in the region.

“The board states categorically that the company has never undertaken any arms sales to Libya or to other embargoed countries in the region,” said the company in a statement on Friday.

“Manroy adheres strictly to UK legislation concerning the sale of armaments and weapons to foreign countries and governments.”

Manroy, which floated on London’s junior AIM market in December, announced in January that it had signed a 1.3 million pounds ($2.10 million) contract to supply spare parts for the HMG to a Middle Eastern customer, to whom it sold 600 of the guns in 2008.

The company did not specify the identity of the client.

Reporting by Isabel Coles, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien

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