Report: Finland reviews Saudi arms deal on rights worries

By REUTERS
November 11, 2011 19:39

 
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HELSINKI - Finland is reviewing a 150-million-euro weapons deal with Saudi Arabia as some politicians are worried the weapons could eventually be used by authorities against their own citizens, an online newspaper reported on Friday.

The Verkkouutiset news website, affiliated with the ruling National Coalition, said the weapons deal by state-controlled arms producer Patria would provide Saudi Arabia with mortars worth 150 million euros ($204 million), the biggest arms deal for Finland in over a decade.

An official at Finland's defense ministry confirmed the government was reviewing the Patria mortar deal and would soon decide whether to allow it. It would not confirm the value of the sale or which country was buying the mortars.

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