Saddam golden gun found at Heathrow


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April 19, 2003, 10:30 AM
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/24by7panews/page.cfm?objectid=12863468&method=full&siteid=50143

Saddam golden gun found at Heathrow 03:07, Apr 18 2003







A gold-plated gun given to one of Saddam Hussein's henchmen has been seized at Heathrow Airport, it was reported.

The Kalashnikov AK47 found yesterday was similar to the one uncovered at Uday Hussein's palace in Baghdad last week, according to a newspaper report.

The loaded machine gun was discovered along with a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, six bayonets and a sniper rifle in packages marked as computer equipment, the newspaper claimed.

A spokesman for Customs and Excise said: "A quantity of arms was found at Heathrow and investigations are ongoing." No further details were given.

The newspaper said the arms are believed to have been stolen for the US black market in war trophies.

An unnamed source told the paper that the gun was loaded, bubble wrapped along with a spare magazine and was bound for an address in the US but was picked up by an X-ray machine.

The Mirror said the guns arrived on a British Airways flight from Kuwait and was found yesterday at the DHL Terminal Four cargo transfer depot which was evacuated and police alerted.

However Richard Goodfellow, spokesman for BA said their security personnel knew nothing about the find and the carrier had stopped flights from Kuwait last month.

He said: "We don't fly from Kuwait. Flights to there were suspended a month ago around mid-March.

"We know nothing about this."

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4v50 Gary
April 19, 2003, 11:11 AM
Like Indiana Jones said, "It belongs in a museum."

Perhaps the George Patton Armor Museum at Fort Knox? Heck, it's got gold all over it so why not there?

JeepDriver
April 19, 2003, 08:12 PM
The newspaper said the arms are believed to have been stolen for the US black market in war trophies.

Very tempting! If I came across something like that I'd be hard pressed not to buy it!

WonderNine
April 19, 2003, 08:15 PM
Only sons of dictators are allowed to have gold plated AK-47's, not us mere serfs. Good job police! :barf:

bfason
April 20, 2003, 12:30 AM
The loaded machine gun was discovered along with a... sniper rifle

Is there a standard accepted definiiton of the term "sniper rifle"?

Very tempting! If I came across something like that I'd be hard pressed not to buy it!

Yeah, but who could you show it to? No one! Lol, that's be the worst part about it. You'd have to keep your possession of it secret unless you wanted the feds to kick down your door.


Damn thing is cursed....

JohnBT
April 20, 2003, 03:39 PM
I just caught the end of a CNN report. They were showing a bunch of his fancy guns. Stacks and stacks and stacks of them.

In addition to the silver guns there were 74 of the golden AKs.

One engraved plated rifle they showed was from his father congratulating him on finishing first in his college class. They joked about this - who in the world would have placed him second.

John

blades67
April 20, 2003, 04:31 PM
So, the only reason they caught it was because it was loaded?;) :D

G35
April 21, 2003, 10:56 AM
Isn't the Mirror like a tabloid news paper in London?
Guessing this story is BS.

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