Sky News report on Romanian "arm dealers" ready to sell guns to terrorists was most probably fake - Romanian judiciary sources. Romanian people filmed in the report facing hearings
Judiciary sources quoted by news agency Agerpres said DIICOT prosecutors were raiding locations in the regions of Targu Mures and Bistrita Nasaud, all linked to the Sky report. Several people were taken to hearings, including one who appears to be the man who made the connection between the Sky News team and the alleged "arm dealers" in Romania.
An inquiry is said to have been launched over allegations of arms dealing and breaches of weapon regulations.
And judiciary sources quoted by several news outlets, including Agerpres, news website Euractiv.ro and Digi 24 news channel said that the Sky News report appeared to be staged.
Euractiv.ro quotes documents according to which the man who linked the Sky team with the Romanian "dealers" was a Romanian who worked for another TV channel in the UK. He accepted money to convince people at home to pretend to be arms dealers ready to sell weapons to terrorists.
According to the sources, the Romanians appearing in the Sky report appear to have also been paid to speak lines given to them by journalists and pretend they would sell weapons including AK-47s.
The judiciary sources quoted in the media said the weapons were all legally owned and were hunter guns - including a modified AK-47 which would only be able to fire single rounds.
DIICOT chief Daniel Horodniceanu said on Wednesday that the whole Sky report appeared to be "a scenario" conceived by the British journalists.
Digi 24 news channel quoted British journalist and author of the report Stuard Ramsey that he met the Romanian arm traffickers because they inspired "trust" and claiming they were not opposed to be filmed because they did not fear local authorities.