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I have never been a big fan of Ron Cohen. He seems to turn good companies into shit. First Kimber and now the continual decline of Sig. 

 

BREAKING: Sig Sauer CEO Ron Cohen Allegedly Arrested In Germany

https://www.thefirearmblog DOT com/blog/2018/11/23/sig-sauer-ron-cohen-arrested/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=2018-11-24&utm_campaign=Weekly+Newsletter

According to German media outlets, Sig Sauer USA CEO Ron Cohen was allegedly arrested in Frankfurt, Germany last month. Reports are attributing the arrest to a contract that supplied Colombian police with Sig SP 2022 pistols without an export license. At the time of the sales and deliveries, Colombia was experiencing a civil war. German authorities are alleging that Cohen and others falsified information to export the pistols in violation of the Foreign Trade Act.

TFB is working with Sig Sauer to obtain an official company statement related to the charges. We will bring you additional information as it becomes available.

Sig Sauer CEO Ron Cohen Allegedly Arrested In Germany

From NDR.de (translated):

The public prosecutor’s office Kiel has arrested the managing director of the American subsidiary of the Schleswig-Holstein armaments company Sig Sauer. The arms dealer is accused of having illegally delivered tens of thousands of pistols to Colombia in a responsible position. In the meantime, he was released on bail.

From NDR.de (translated):

Kiel District Court wants to prevent the US based arms manager from evading litigation against him and four other Sig-Sauer executives. When and if it will come to the process is still unclear. Currently, the main proceedings against Cohen, the two owners of the Sig-Sauer-Group, Michael Lüke and Thomas Ortmeier living in Germany, and other responsible persons are not yet opened.

From NDR.de (translated):

The prosecution Kiel accuses the defendants to have delivered more than 30,000 pistols without appropriate permission first in the US and from there to the then civil war country Colombia. This was a violation of the Foreign Trade Regulation, which would be punished with imprisonment of up to five years or a fine. The SP 2022 pistols are now used by the Colombian National Police.

From KNOnline.de (translated):

Infringements of the Foreign Trade Ordinance are punishable by imprisonment of up to five years or fines. The SP 2022 pistols are now used by the Colombian National Police, according to the prosecution.

The prosecution filed a lawsuit in April against Cohen and four other Sig Sauer executives. They are said to have delivered more than 30,000 pistols to the US and from there to what was then the civil war country of Colombia . Sig Sauer is said to have made false figures for export licenses from 2009 to 2012.

 

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50 minutes ago, PK90 said:

Was he arrested or not? Why do people use the word "allegedly" so often? emoji83.png

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Qualifier. 

Lets the author off the hook if they didn’t fact check appropriately.

Purportedly....

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1 hour ago, High Exposure said:

I have never been a big fan of Ron Cohen. He seems to turn good companies into shit. First Kimber and now the continual decline of Sig. 

Continual decline of Sig?  What?

The P320 is a hit, the P365 is a hit, the MCX is a hit.  What?

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25 minutes ago, Ray Ray said:

Continual decline of Sig?  What?

The P320 is a hit, the P365 is a hit, the MCX is a hit.  What?

Concur 

20 minutes ago, diamondd817 said:

I figured it was going to be because they make crap pistols.

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2 hours ago, Maksim said:

What else is new? =)  Smith & Wesson, Sig... they all have their issues.  Just a reminder, go watch Lord of War! =)

White market, black market and the ever profitable "gray market"

You just like the story (which is based on a real guy) because of his heritage. And mine to a degree.

Excellent film!

 

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3 hours ago, Maksim said:

What else is new? =)  Smith & Wesson, Sig... they all have their issues.  Just a reminder, go watch Lord of War! =)

White market, black market and the ever profitable "gray market"

Small arms are really "small change" in the international arms market.  Sam Cummings who founded Interarms even said so.

The big money is in aircraft, aircraft parts, parts for armored vehicles, dual use items, etc.  North Korea has kept it's fleet of Hughes 500MDs flying for over 30 years this way.

It seems Cohen could be prosecuted here once Germany is done with him.  It seems pretty stupid that he didn't insulate himself from this enough. The only reason for this is greed.

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