This video says about itself:
15 May 2018
Six former employees of German arms manufacturer, Heckler & Koch, began their trial in Stuttgart on Tuesday. They are accused of illegally exporting of thousands of G36 assault rifles to Mexico.
Prosecutors say the export of 15 shipments of weapons between 2006 and 2009 breached both Germany’s War Weapons Control Act and the Foreign Trade Act, because they ended up in especially violent parts of Mexico.
The defendants’ lawyers instead claim the guns were legally transferred to a well-controlled police depot.
Human rights activists protested outside the Stuttgart court, holding banners reading “German weapons, German money murders all around the world.” Protesters also repeated an accusation, shown on German broadcasters SWR and BR, that the G36 assault rifles were used in the notorious disappearance of 43 Mexican students in 2014.
The six defendants face up to five years in jail, while the Oberndorf-based company could be fined. The Stuttgart court has set 25 hearings due to finish in late October.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Trial begins over illegal arms sales to Mexico
THE trials of six former employees of a German gun manufacturer accused of the illegal sale of weapons to violent Mexican states opened in Stuttgart yesterday.
The accused worked for Heckler and Koch, with prosecutors saying they travelled to parts of Mexico that are covered by a German arms export ban.
According to the indictment 4,500 G36 assault rifles and smaller firearms were sent to Mexico in 16 batches despite the embargo.
The company’s guns have been used in many conflicts and are supplied to armed forces in countries including Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey.
The case came to light following evidence presented by peace activist Jurgen Grasslin. Investigations revealed that G36 guns made by Heckler & Koch were used in a notorious case when six Mexican students were killed in Iguala in 2014, with another 43 having disappeared without trace.
The hearing continues.
López Obrador promises Truth Commission in disappearance of Ayotzinapa students: here.
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