Weapons hiding in the garden: elite soldier admits deeds

Leipzig (dpa) – After the discovery of a weapon stash in a Bundeswehr soldier from the Special Forces Command (KSK) from Saxony, the 45-year-old admitted the deeds. The elite soldier said at the start of the trial at the Leipzig Regional Court on Friday that he had collected the material from leftover stocks of the Bundeswehr and used it for training purposes, because the troops were always under shortage. However, after his own review, he assumed that the material was unusable. The 45-year-old has to answer for violations of the War Weapons Control Act, the Weapons Act and the Explosives Act.

During a search of the 45-year-old’s property in Collm (Northern Saxony district), the investigators found, among other things, two kilograms of professional explosives, several thousand pieces of rifle and pistol ammunition, an AK47 assault rifle, a crossbow, a smoke hand grenade as well as firearms and weapon parts – among them was also a silencer. The raid on the private property of the sergeant major took place after a tip from the Military Counter-Intelligence Service (MAD). According to the Defense Ministry, the MAD had already had an eye on the man since 2017.

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