Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Arms manufacturer investigates how Gadhafi got German rifles

Libyan rebels captured a stockpile of rifles, made by Heckler & Koch, in Gadhafi's compound last month. Both the company and the German government maintain that they never sold such rifles to the Gadhafi regime.

German arms manufacturer Heckler & Koch plans to send an investigative team to Libya in order to find out how a cache of its assault rifles ended up in the ends of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

"We are in close contact with the authorities and plan to send a diverse team of experts to Tripoli in order to investigate the matter with the relevant authorities on the ground," managing director Martin Lemperle told the newspaper Bild am Sonntag.

Libyan rebels seized a stockpile of G36 KV model rifles after storming Gadhafi's Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli last month. The G36 is the standard issue weapon for the German armed forces and is also used by many foreign militaries.

Markings on the G36 KV rifles indicate that they were manufactured in 2003. Although every weapon made by Heckler & Koch can be traced by its serial number, the numbers on the rifles found in Gadhafi's compound had been filed off and replaced with different ones. more