Merex AG

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Group.png Merex AG
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Formation1963
Founder• Gerhard Mertins
• Otto Skorzeny
HeadquartersVevey, Switzerland
Typecommercial
Widely used by intelligence agencies for secret arms deals.

Not to be confused with another weapons trafficking company, the Merex Corporation, started by Arif Durrani (more directly involved in Iran-Contra).

Merex, together with its "affiliated companies have been used over the years by intelligence services around the world - the CIA included - for all sorts of secret arms deals.[1]

Initial deals

Merex brokered the sale of German Airforce fighter jets to Pakistan, which were delivered via Iran.[2]

Iran-Contra

Full article: “Iran-Contra”

New York Magazine wrote in 1991 that "During Iran-Contra, the company appears to have helped 'front' a shipment of East Bloc arms to the Contras. The arms were apparently obtained initially by one of the scandals central figures, General Richard Secord."[1]

Other deals

Merex was involved in legal action with Fairchild Weston Systems, Inc., which engaged it to broker several multi-million dollar military surveillance systems to China.[3]


References

  1. a b New York Magazine 16 Dec 1991, p. 46
  2. Erich Schmidt-Eenboom: Undercover. Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 1998, p. 259
  3. http://openjurist.org/29/f3d/821/merex-ag-v-fairchild-weston-systems-inc


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