How are German weapons reaching crisis zones? | DW Documentary

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German weapons have been sold to crisis zones around the world without being licensed for export. Now, a court is trying to determine how German arms were sent overseas and who was responsible for their shipment. In 2015, a German […]



German weapons have been sold to crisis zones around the world without being licensed for export. Now, a court is trying to determine how German arms were sent overseas and who was responsible for their shipment. In 2015, a German television documentary uncovered the export of G36 assault rifles from Baden-Württemberg to a part of Mexico plagued by violence and human rights violations. The reporters found that the manufacturer, Heckler & Koch, had no export license for these guns. Shortly after the broadcast, prosecutors in Stuttgart filed charges against the executives believed to be behind the deal, after a five-year investigation. But the court acquitted the executives and only a secretary was convicted. Now an appeal has been filed with Germany’s Supreme Court, the Bundesgerichtshof. Filmmaker Daniel Harrich followed the Stuttgart court case closely and now analyzes what happened in this documentary. He also asks if the German authorities also share moral responsibility for the consignment. Giiven Germany’s strict monitoring of arms exports, Harrich wonders how Heckler & Koch assault rifles ended up in four troubled Mexican provinces without the appropriate paperwork. During his research, Harrich visited a number of sites in Germany and Mexico, where he came across yet another arms deal that triggered even more questions. Is a new weapons’ export scandal in the making even before the verdict in the appeal is announced? ——————————————————————- DW Documentary gives you knowledge beyond the headlines. Watch high-class documentaries from German broadcasters and international production companies. Meet intriguing people, travel to distant lands, get a look behind the complexities of daily life and build a deeper understanding of current affairs and global events. Subscribe and explore the world around you with DW Documentary. Subscribe to: DW Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW39zufHfsuGgpLviKh297Q?sub_confirmation=1#
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