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Probation and high fines : Three Sig-Sauer-Manager sentenced for illegal export of Weapons

In the process to the illegal export of guns from the weapons manufacturer Sig Sauer to Colombia, the regional court in schleswig sentenced-Holstein, Kiel, thre

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Probation and high fines : Three Sig-Sauer-Manager sentenced for illegal export of Weapons

In the process to the illegal export of guns from the weapons manufacturer Sig Sauer to Colombia, the regional court in schleswig sentenced-Holstein, Kiel, three current and former managing Directors to probation and fines. Two of them should pay accordingly, 600,000 euros to non-profit institutions, such as the Kiel public Prosecutor's office said after the decision Wednesday. The third is to pay a fine of 60,000 euros.

the duration of The probation is between ten and 18 months. In addition, the court ordered according to the prosecution, that of Sig-Sauer by the illegal export business profits in the amount of approximately 11.1 million are collected by the state.

Thus, it looked at the Kieler judge established that the three managers against the foreign trade act were inconsistent. They had ensured that more than 38,000 Sig went Sauer pistols on the United States to Colombia, although this was not approved.

According to the indictment, the weapons between 2009 and 2011, were a Sig Sauer subsidiary in the United States to the Colombian Federal police have been delivered. The court is Convinced that the three in charge had given to the German authorities, "contrary to reality", that these were destined for the United States. A permit for the export business would be in the light of the human rights and security situation in Colombia has not been granted, it said.

In the South American country, there were decades of violent conflicts, which are not finished until today. The government and the now defunct Farc guerrillas closed in 2016, a peace agreement splinter groups fighting, however, continued to the present. The international drug mafia is very active.

hit The verdict in the economic process was made according to the Prosecutor, on the basis of a so-called understanding. Under the deal, the defendants filed an early confession, whereby the process was accelerated significantly. The court had originally first trial dates to June

planned for The procedure had gone according to the Prosecutor, "extremely complex international investigation" ahead, which in addition to its own specialists and experts of the Zollfahndungsamts in Hamburg were involved. To process a prelude to the end of February, among other things, the children's charity Terre des Hommes, had called for a General tightening up of the German arms export regulations.

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On Wednesday, the schleswig-Holstein Left also. The Kiel-based judgment is "true," said country Manager Gösta Beutin. It does not show at the same time, but "it is quite clear that the laws currently in force to control the small arms trade are far from sufficient". The Export should, in principle, be prohibited. (AFP)

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