'Stop arms deal trial'

PARIS - Angola's government has asked a French judge to halt a major trial in Paris involving charges of arms trafficking and high-level bribes.

PARIS - Angola's government has asked a French judge to halt a major trial in Paris involving charges of arms trafficking and high-level bribes.

A lawyer representing Angola has argued that the investigation jeopardised Angolan defence secrets. Francis Teitgen says letting this information come out in a public trial would be an attack "on Angola's sovereignty".

Two of the 42 defendants, Pierre Falcone and Arkady Gaydamak, are accused of traffic- king arms to Angola in the 1990s. Others are accused of taking bribes. - Sapa-AP

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