Report shows backroom German arms sales to Saudi Arabia despite 2018 weapons sale ban

Report shows backroom German arms sales to Saudi Arabia despite 2018 weapons sale ban

An investigation published by a German magazine revealed that Saudi Arabia was able to acquire new weapons through a German company.

According to Der Spiegel magazine’s investigation, it concerns radar systems installed in the border area with Yemen, as well as various weapons and military vehicles.

The documents revealed that the German federal government owns about a quarter of the company that exported the weapons, noting that it began through contacts between the Saudi government and the German company “ Hensoldt”, where a number of deals were monitored between it and Riyadh, some of which were done secretly.

The documents, obtained by the magazine, indicated that the company has equipped the Saudi special forces with modern vehicles, as well as surveillance technology and radars for minesweepers and border guards.

The German company offered the Saudi intelligence service a system to counter drones.

The magazine wondered how a German company could be so active in its trade with Riyadh, despite the of ban on the export of weapons to the country since 2018 due to the use of German weapons by Saudi Arabia in the aggression on Yemen.

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