Czech arms firm denies promoting weapons to Hong Kong police
A Czech weapons vendor has denied media experiences it has bought arms to police in Hong Kong regardless of a global embargo.
Stories in Hong Kong media had claimed that Hong Kong”s police drive hoped to be equipped with as much as 1,000 submachine weapons from Česká Zbrojovka (CV).
However the firm has firmly said that the experiences are false and it has by no means accomplished any enterprise with Hong Kong safety forces.
“Česká Zbrojovka has neither provided nor bought any of its merchandise to the Hong Kong Police,” a spokesperson informed Euronews.
“The export of the group, together with its subsidiary Česká Zbrojovka, is strictly ruled by Czech and EU export-related guidelines and rules, together with the restrictions on the export of army materiel to Hong Kong.”
CV mentioned that the rumours had severely broken the corporate’s status, particularly given their compliance with EU export guidelines.
In July, the European Union has issued a message of solidarity with demonstrations in Hong Kong in opposition to the controversial Nationwide Safety Regulation.
Critics say the regulation is getting used to crack down on dissent, however Hong Kong’s authorities keep it’s crucial to forestall international interference.
The EU, UK, and the US all introduced a sequence of sanctions on Hong Kong after the regulation was launched in June.
This included a ban on worldwide exports of any tools or expertise that might be utilized by safety forces in Hong Kong for “inside repression”.
“The conclusions restate the EU’s assist for Hong Kong’s excessive diploma of autonomy underneath the ‘One Nation, Two Techniques’ precept, and its solidarity with the individuals of Hong Kong,” the EU mentioned in a press release.
Czech authorities have additionally said that the nation has made no distinction between China and Hong Kong when it comes to arms exports, and is respecting the present worldwide embargo.
Hong Kong’s media has since revealed a correction of the story, together with the assertion by Česká Zbrojovka, however the unique false experiences have been shared by organisations within the Czech Republic, and internationally.
Earlier this month, CV signed a deal to buy American gun maker Colt, which has equipped the armed forces within the US and overseas.
The deal price $220 million (€181 million) is topic to approval by regulators and is anticipated to be accomplished within the second quarter of 2021.
The Czech firm has some 1,650 employees within the Czech Republic, United States, and Germany.