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Arms sting Briton pleads guilty

A British arms dealer has pleaded guilty to trying to bribe a foreign official to sell military equipment.

Jonathan Spiller, who said he was a a British citizen and legal resident of the US and owns two companies in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, was arrested last year with 21 other military suppliers in a FBI sting.

Spiller admitted in federal court in Washington that he thought he was dealing with aides to the defence minister in Gabon. He agreed to pay a three million-dollar (£1.9 million) commission for a 15 million-dollar (£9.4 million) deal to provide rifle-mounted cameras and tactical vehicles for the presidential guard.

But the "aides" were undercover FBI agents. Gabon's defence minister was not involved.

Spiller, who is co-operating with investigators, could face up to five years in prison.

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