Five former employees of German gun-maker Heckler & Koch are accused of illegally selling weapons to Mexico.
The French Economy Minister has demanded German relax its arms exports restrictions. The call comes after a German gun maker was fined for weapons exports to Mexico.
Opposition lawmakers and activists have expressed outrage, but little surprise, at revelations that German weapons are being used in Yemen. However, the German government insists it has no evidence that this is the case.
Five H&K employees who conspired in a sale of G36 assault rifles to Mexico await their sentences in Stuttgart. The trial has offered insights into the weakness of Germany's arms export control laws.
Fake recipients, forged papers and nuclear missiles — the case sounds like a spy thriller. But the accused allegedly violated real EU sanctions by exporting sensitive military material to Russia. His trial starts Friday.
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