A Houthi militant stands on a wall as he secures a gathering for women loyal to the Houthi movement in Sanaa, Yemen September 5, 2016. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
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Brazil's Forjas Taurus SA, the largest weapons manufacturer in Latin America, sold guns to a known Yemeni arms trafficker who funneled them into his nation's civil war in violation of international sanctions, according to charges in court documents reviewed by Reuters. Federal prosecutors in southern Brazil charged two former executives of Forjas Taurus in May with shipping 8,000 handguns in 2013 to Fares Mohammad Hassan Manaa, an arms smuggler active around the Horn of Africa for over a decade according to the United Nations.The handguns were allegedly shipped by Taurus to Djibouti and redirected to Yemen by Manaa, according to court documents.Prosecutors said ties between Taurus and Manaa stretch back to 2007, without elaborating in the court documents.Taurus got authorization from Brazil's army in October 2013 to ship 8,000 weapons to Djibouti's Defense Ministry but prosecutors say in documents that Manaa redirected the arms to Yemen using companies such as Al-Sharq Fishing and Fish.The executives then discouraged Manaa from traveling to Brazil under his own name and tried unsuccessfully to obtain a passport from Djibouti for his use, according to prosecutors.
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