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A 29-year-old soldier in the guard battalion of the German Armed Forces showed deep remorse on Monday in front of the lay judge's court in Zehdenick. According to the indictment, the corporal corporal had put machine gun ammunition, including six tracer cartridges under the War Weapons Control Act, in the Hammelburg military training area (Bavaria) in February 2011. The court, chaired by Judge Lothar Wernicke, punished the less serious case with a fine.

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Because the defendant unintentionally pocketed the ammunition, as he had asserted in court. It was only when he emptied his backpack at home in Liebenwalde that he noticed that there were 15 cartridges in it. But instead of returning the ammunition to the Bundeswehr, he entrusted it to a neighbor with whom he was friends. He had assured him that he would destroy the ammunition. But it turned out differently. When the friendship broke up, the neighbor informed the police. The Neuruppin public prosecutor initiated an investigation into the violation of the War Weapons Control Act and the Weapons Act. The minimum sentence of three years and expulsion from the armed forces threatened.
However, in the course of a legal meeting, the defendant's lawyer was able to partially refute the allegations on Monday. His client acted in a panic when he handed the ammunition to the neighbor. The soldier feared that he would be excluded from an upcoming Afghanistan mission if the ammunition matter became known. "You can't go to war with 15 cartridges," argued the defense attorney, stating that the charge that his client had violated the War Weapons Control Act was incorrect. With this law, the legislature wanted to prevent the trade in war weapons. These included submarines, attack helicopters and nuclear weapons, but by no means small amounts of ammunition. Nevertheless, it was a mistake by his client to acquire the ammunition - albeit completely unintentionally. The public prosecutor's office was ultimately guided by these arguments and demanded a fine of 150 daily rates of 55 euros each. The defense lawyer left it to the discretion of the court to decide the amount of the fine. Judge Wernicke sentenced the Liebenwalder to a fine of 120 daily rates of 55 euros. The court ruled on a less serious case.