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Cablegate: Blue Lantern Level 3: Post Shipment End Use Check

VZCZCXRO1184
PP RUEHDU RUEHJO
DE RUEHTN #0188 2371336
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 251336Z AUG 09 XFR PER YOU REQ
FM AMCONSUL CAPE TOWN
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3180

UNCLAS CAPE TOWN 000188

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC KOMC SF
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 3: POST SHIPMENT END USE CHECK

REF: STATE 71177
1. (U) In response to Reftel, Cape Town Poloff spoke to Mr. Tertius
LeRoux, prior owner of Digital Image Warehouse and current owner of
Safari and Outdoor, which he started in July 2008. Mr. LeRoux sold
Digital Image Warehouse in September 2008. While still the owner of
Digital Image Warehouse Mr. LeRoux received the bullets and brass
casings mentioned in reftel under Licenses 050094533 and 050091122.
LeRoux told Poloff Digital Image Warehouse was properly licensed by
the SAG to import and sell defense articles in South Africa. When
LeRoux sold Digital Image Warehouse, he took the bullets and casings
to his new business, Safari and Outdoor, to be used in sport
shooting and target shooting. His customers are mainly located in
Cape Town and the surrounding areas and he also ships throughout the
country. He imported from 22 caliber to 458 caliber bullets on the
above referenced licenses. His annual sales of U.S. origin defense
articles are approximately 10 million rand (current rate of exchange
is 8 rand to 1 USD). Mr. LeRoux told Poloff he is familiar with the
restrictions on re-transfer or re-export of U.S. origin defense
items. Note. On July 25, Mr. Michael Rufe from the Bureau of
Industrial Security of the Department of Commerce visited Safari and
Outdoor to establish its bona fides. End note.


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