WASHINGTON: US prosecutors unveiled illegal weapons charges on Friday against five former employees of the controversial security firm previously known as Blackwater, including the company's ex-president.
A federal indictment accused them of having illegally stockpiled and altered weapons and of having falsified registration forms in a bid to "gain an advantage over competitors... and thereby profit from obtaining and keeping government's contracts."
The company, which is now known as Xe, has been implicated in a slew of scandals related to its operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. It was banned from Iraq after allegations its guards opened fire on innocent civilians, though a US court cleared company employees of criminal charges.
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