Armoured-car maker based in UAE retains ties to Canada

A man who runs a controversial armoured-vehicle maker, with Mideast operations that Ottawa contends are beyond the reach of Canada’s export laws, has a Canadian passport, a factory in central Ontario and immediate family and property here.And yet Streit Group founder and chairman Guerman Goutorov, under scrutiny by the RCMP for sales made to war-torn conflict zones such as Libya and Sudan, seems to have outgrown Canada.

Related: RCMP reviewing Canadian-owned firm over military exports to Sudan, LibyaRelated: Canadian-owned firm sold armoured vehicles to Sudan despite export banExplainer: The Saudi arms deal: What we’ve learned so far, and what could happen nextFor years now, Mr. Goutorov has been based out of the United Arab Emirates – a far cry from his humble beginnings in Toronto in the early 1990s where the Russian immigrant struggled to build a business making armoured banking vehicles starting from his garage.“It was …