The operation of special services called "controlled delivery," which has resulted in checking the attempt of using the Igla portable anti-aircraft missile system for criminal aims, has been carried out in full accord with the legislation of the participant countries - Russia, the United States and Great Britain.
A RIA Novosti correspondent was told about it on Thursday in the Public Relations Centre of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB).
"Taking into consideration the repeated cases of the use of various types of portable anti-aircraft missile systems, including in the territory of Chechnya, by international terrorist organisations, the Russian Federal Security Service decided to conduct a joint operation with special services of the United States and Great Britain," pointed out the spokesman for the Public Relations Centre.
He said that the FSB started checking the information, which was coming through appropriate channels, about the intentions of certain foreigners to buy portable anti-aircraft missile systems in Russia or in the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
"As a result, the FSB spotted British citizen Hemadu Lakhani who had arrived in Russia and made attempts to get in touch with potential traders in portable anti-aircraft missile systems," said the Public Relations Centre spokesman. The foreigner "has been taken under a tight control" which made it possible to reveal his intention Lakhani was striving to put into practice by any means, including contacts with representatives of organised crime," pointed out the spokesman for the FSB Public Relations Centre.
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