Thursday, March 31, 2011

British Private Security Companies "not involved" in Libya

When I met my MP last week, he asked me to research the question of whether British private security companies were involved in supplying mercenaries to Gaddafi.

There are 9 British companies who supply private security services.

Aegis Defence Services
ArmorGroup International London Branch of G4S plc
Blue Hackle
Control Risks Group
Edinburgh Risk
Erinys International Dubai (Joint South African-British company)
Hart Security
International Intelligence Limited
(Sandline International London Ceased operations on April 16, 2004)

I was put through to the British Association of Private Security Companies, and spoke to their CEO, Andy Bearpark. He told me there was "zero" chance that British companies were involved in Libya. I have no reason to disbelieve him.

In our conversation, interestingly, he said that "mercenary" activity is in fact illegal. South Africa has substantial legislation to forbid it, but UK law is vastly outdated.


Private Security Companies said...

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North Som boy said...

I'd like to add my appreciation also. Excellent work, Richard. This fascinating piece of research is both ground breaking and crucial; it is fully deserving of wide exposure. Why not send the 'post' as a letter to the Times or Telegraph? Then, most likely, it will be taken up by other media and hopefully will achieve due prominence and influence.

DocRichard said...

Damn. I nearly deleted the spam, now it has to stay.

NSB, I reported the response from my enquiries. If you suspect notwithstanding their denial, they ARE sending mercenaries, then it is up to you to do your own research. It would be very valuable, actual action instead of criticising from the sidelines. I would rather be writing to Cameron about things designed to bring this situation to a close.

NSB said...

No mate, there's nothing for me to do.
The air of finality that accompanies the solemnity of your "I have no reason to disbelieve him." leaves me with absolutely no doubt: your forensic skills have delivered the truth.
Thank you.

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