Germany Halts H&K Exports to Mexico

Originally posted at Red Alerts.

Canadian Business reported that the German government is stopping gun makers Heckler and Koch from exporting arms to Mexico:

BERLIN (AP) – Germany’s government has banned weapons manufacturer Heckler & Koch GmbH from any new arms deliveries to Mexico amid concerns they are ending in parts of the country where Berlin has forbidden weapons exports over human rights issues, according to a letter obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.

The letter from the Economy Ministry to the arms manufacturer, dated Jan. 4, says the company’s applications for exports of “weapons and other defense goods” to Mexico are suspended pending the outcome of judicial investigations in Germany.

Heckler & Koch is under investigation by prosecutors for allegedly providing its G36 assault rifle to Mexican police in the states of Chiapas, Chihuahua, Guerrero and Jalisco, where Germany prohibits such exports over alleged human rights violations.

The company, whose headquarters near Stuttgart were searched by prosecutors late last month, denies any wrongdoing.

Rights groups like Amnesty International have accused Mexican government troops and police of abuses in the ongoing fight against drug traffickers. Germany’s tight weapons export regulations allows arms deliveries to Mexico, outside of the four states where the human rights situation is in question.

H&K however says that Germany is mistaken:

Heckler & Koch maintains it did not deliver weapons to those four states, but only to the country’s Mexico City-based central weapons purchasing authority, which is overseen by the Defense Ministry.

“Heckler & Koch has at no point in time delivered to any Mexican states,” the company said in a statement late December.

The Firearms Blog explains this difference of opinion this way:

It sounds to me that the German government suspects that H&K knew where their weapons were headed and were knowingly selling them to a straw buyer. I believe it is the Mexican Army who runs the Mexico City gun distribution center. It seems crazy that they are allowed to export to Mexico, to a central distributor, but that only certain state police can receive them, and others cannot.

I’d add that it sounds to me like the Left party, who initiated the investigation, wants to keep Mexican forces outgunned by the FARC aligned cartels. FARC is a Chevez vassal and the Left party, who just called for the introduction of Soviet style communism in Germany, is supportive of the Chavez goal of toppling pro-Western Latin American government and spreading his communist movement northward. So extreme is the Left Party that the Christian Social Democrats have called for them to be outlawed.

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