July 31, 2021

Excesses in Lithuania: soldiers from Munster under suspicion | NDR.de – Nachrichten – Lower Saxony

Status: 16.06.2021 8:41 p.m.

It’s about racist insults, violence and sexual assault: an armored infantry platoon from Munster is accused of serious misconduct in Lithuania. The soldiers are withdrawn.

Ten soldiers from the location in the Heidekreis are said to have been involved in the excesses. According to information from NDR Lower Saxony, the four main accused have already been ordered back to Germany. The Ministry of Defense announced on Wednesday that they are being examined for immediate dismissal under the Soldiers Act. The first thing he had “Spiegel” reported on the case. According to the report, right-wing songs were sung after excessive alcohol consumption at a party in a hotel that was declared as a recreational measure. In addition, there should have been fights. A soldier is said to have tried to put his penis into the mouth of a sleeping comrade, which is said to have been filmed with a cell phone. On April 20, soldiers therefore started a “birthday serenade” for Adolf Hitler.

Investigators are also investigating allegations of lack of ammunition

Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU) reacted in horror. “The misconduct of some soldiers in Lithuania is a slap in the face of everyone who serves in the Bundeswehr for security in our country every day,” wrote on Twitter. “The derailments damage the reputation of the Bundeswehr and Germany. That will be punished with all severity.” In the course of the investigation, in which the Military Counterintelligence Service is also involved, there are further suspicions, including a shortage of 569 rounds of handgun ammunition. The operational command has dispatched a team of investigators. “They will turn every stone,” said a Defense Department spokeswoman. The deputy inspector of the army had also traveled to Lithuania.

Bundeswehr had to fend off attempts at disinformation

Around 600 German soldiers are currently stationed in Lithuania in the NATO operation “Enhanced Forward Presence”, which serves to deter Russia. The Ministry of Defense is now extremely alarmed because the Bundeswehr in Lithuania had to fend off attempts at disinformation on several occasions, which were intended to give the impression of misconduct by German soldiers. “Especially in Lithuania, where we stand side by side with our NATO partners for common values, such behavior by individuals is not only inexcusable, it is also absolutely shameful for all of us,” said the spokeswoman.

Federal Government: Enlighten with the utmost determination

Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Wednesday that such behavior is completely unacceptable, both by the police, by the federal and state governments and by the armed forces. “In all of these cases it is right to clarify with the utmost determination and also to draw conclusions, because whoever bears responsibility for this state, at whatever point, can and must never have anything to do with such things.”

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