Be Your Own Detective - Unravel This Arms Smuggling Mess!

The weapons recovered by Thai officials that came from North Korea have so far revealed an unusual history for a small air freight company. Unravelling this whole case may be more demanding than you think. Here is known background of information in this case:

  • The plane, according to the researchers, was owned by Overseas Cargo FZE, based in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates where the plane also made a landing.
  • The crew was hired by a Ukrainian air freighter called Aviatek. The search engine of the global aviation registry — http://www.aerotransport.org — had no listing for a company by that name.
  • The aircraft is registered in the former Soviet republic of Georgia but owned by a company in the United Arab Emirates.
  • It was leased to a company in New Zealand
  • which then chartered the plane to a company in Hong Kong,
  • by the nonprofit groups TransArms in the United States and IPIS of Belgium
  • The plane was registered to Air West, a cargo transport company set up in September
  • Air West's owner Levan Kakabadze said he had leased the plane last month to the SP Trading company SP Trading Limited was founded July 22, 2009, in Auckland, New Zealand.
  • On Dec. 4, SP Trading leased the plane to Hong Kong-based Union Top Management Ltd. created on Nov. 2.
  • There is no Union Top office at its Hong Kong address. Instead, there is a company called R & G Management Consultancy, according to a woman who answered the door. She doesn't know how to reach anyone at the company, nor did she know a man called Dario Cabreros Garmendia — who signed Union Top's incorporation in Hong Kong last month.

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