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Sabre Owner Attempts To Avoid Extradition

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The manufacturer at the center of a federal arms smuggling investigation is relying on the tactics of an extremist group to try to avoid facing a judge.

Sabre Defense Industries' Nashville location was raided by federal agents a year ago. The company was accused of bypassing federal regulators and selling military-grade hardware overseas.

On Friday, a series of legal filings by Sabre Defense Industries' owner Guy Savage showed the English-born businessman adopting the language and tactics of the "sovereign citizen" movement, to try to avoid extradition.

In a brief filed in Federal Court, Savage claimed that the U.S. owed him $250 million dollars for damaging his business. Savage said that he is not a citizen of the US nor the UK and that the United States and the federal courts are "legal fictions"

Prosecutors pointed out that the claims are "suspiciously similar" to the group known as Sovereign Citizens, a group profiled by NewsChannel 5 investigates. Sovereign Citizens believe that they are not subject to any laws of any government.

Former Federal Agent Jim Cavanaugh said that many of their beliefs are based on not wanting to have to pay taxes, claim money from the government, or stall legal proceedings.

"They go through this sort of crackpot belief system that they can file any sort of pseudo legal documents that relieves them of any burden of civilization," said Cavanaugh.

The movement became more widely known in May 2010, when Jerry Kane and his son opened fire on police in West Memphis police officers, killing two people.

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