Two ex-Bundeswehr soldiers recruited mercenaries for the war in Yemen | News from Germany about Germany | DW

In Germany, two former Bundeswehr soldiers were detained, who were planning to create a group of 100 to 150 mercenaries to participate in the civil war in Yemen. The arrests were carried out by special forces of the federal police in the Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald district and in Munich, the federal prosecutor’s office said on Wednesday, October 20.

Two former airborne paratroopers are accused of attempting to create a terrorist group. According to the investigation, they decided to create a PMC in early 2021 in order to offer their assistance to Saudi Arabia, which is supporting the government of this country in the war in Yemen. On each mercenary, the detainees hoped to earn 40 thousand euros a month. The group planned to recruit former Bundeswehr soldiers and former police officers.

One of the suspects has already contacted at least seven candidates. The first information on these two ex-soldiers, who worked, contrary to the ban, for the security company Asgaard, came from the Military Counterintelligence Service (MAD). A spokesman for the German Ministry of Defense said that the investigative bodies of various departments are closely cooperating with each other in the investigation of this case.

Mercenaries for the war in Yemen

According to the German federal prosecutor’s office, the detainees intended to send mercenaries to the civil war in Yemen in order to achieve peace negotiations between the Houthi rebels and the Yemeni government. One of the suspects tried several times to contact the Saudi authorities and offer them his services, but they did not respond.

According to the conclusion of the prosecutor’s office, both detainees were aware that “the unit under their command will inevitably be forced to commit murders,” and there will be casualties among the civilian population.

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