- From the sectionNorth East Wales
It takes a nation to protect the nation
A Libyan man who lived at a mosque in Wrexham and sometimes led prayers as an imam has been jailed for six years after admitting his part in a network plotting an £18.6m arms deal.
Abdurraouf Eshati admitted collecting information for terrorist purposes.
The 29-year-old was sentenced at London's Old Bailey over the bid to get arms to the war-torn country.
The charge related to two documents on the purchase of ammunition and cargo plane hire.
Judge John Bevan QC said on Tuesday: "It's obvious that his involvement means that it was felt he could be trusted as a confidant in relation to large-scale arms supply."
Eshati was due to stand trial on Monday but changed his plea.
The court was told the electronic documents outlined a plan to send the 11,000 tonnes of ammunition to Libya, via a contact in Italy, in support of the Zintan people of the eastern region.
During their investigation, police searched Eshati's room at Wrexham Islamic Cultural Centre where they found a number of letter-headed documents which were blank, apart from a stamp and a signature which the prosecution said was a forger's kit.
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