Deutsche Welle on 21st February reported that 2 former staff members at the weapons manufacturer were given suspended sentences for violating Germany’s War Weapons Control Act for their involvement in the delivery of G36 assault rifles to Mexico.
HECKLER & KOCH’S ILLEGAL ARMS DEAL WITH MEXICO
Deutsche Welle on 20th February carried a report saying that 5 H&K employees who conspired in a sale of G36 assault rifles to Mexico 2006-2009 await their sentences in Stuttgart; and the trial has offered insights into the weakness of Germany’s arms export control laws. Some of the G36 rifles were almost certainly used in the murder of 6 Mexican students, and the probable murder of 43 others whose bodies have never been found, in 2014. The trial turns on a loophole in Germany’s arms export controls, especially tailored for Mexico: that while selling weapons to the country, in general, was allowed, German authorities wanted to ban their use in specific Mexican states, and government authorities apparently misinterpreted the law.