German weapons maker Sig Sauer is facing a second lawsuit on suspicion of illegally exporting guns to Latin America. A Mexican drug cartel member has confessed to killing 12 people with one of its handguns.
German authorities’ failure to investigate an arms to deal to Mexico is contributing to the ongoing conflict there, protesters in Stuttgart have claimed. Heckler and Koch is accused of illegally selling guns there.
German gunmaker Heckler & Koch has been accused of supplying rifles to the police force of Iguala, Mexico. The Iguala police recently gunned down several protestors and are thought to have close ties to the mafia.
The UN’s Arms Trade Treaty was opened to signing a year ago, and is already close to the 50 ratifications it needs to enter international law. It represents a sea-change in the regulation of the arms industry.
Germany’s weapons industry is booming, and even the vice chancellor’s attempt to stop selling tanks to the Saudis is a minor concession for the world’s third biggest arms exporter. But the trade is destabilizing security.
Out of principle, the German goverment refused to take part in military action against Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. But selling arms to both sides of international conflicts has never been a problem for Berlin.
Police recently searched the offices of German arms company Heckler & Koch in connection with allegedly illegal weapon exports to Mexico used in the drugs war. One manager involved in the deal has already resigned.