Not sure just what to make of this. According to TheBlaze.com and the AP, 300 German police officers staged a raid of the Berlin HQ of Heckler & Koch on Thursday, citing allegations that the German arms manufacturer bribed Mexican officials, using cash payments for deliveries between 2005 and 2010. Really?
The deeper we get into the quagmire that is Mexico, the more strange things seem to get. Could that “river of guns” headwaters be located in Germany, and could it be floating on the green waters of Euros?
Previously, H&K was under the scope for allegedly providing G36 assault rifles to Mexican Police in Chiapas, Chihuahua, Guerrero and Jalisco. German law prohibits exports of weapons to countries accused of human rights violations. Germany allows exports of weapons to much of Mexico, but not to the four states in question. The company denies any wrongdoing. H&K is also under investigation for shipments of rifles to Libya. According to company sources, the weapons found in Libya were part of a 2003 shipment bound for Egypt. H&K refuses to confirm or deny reports that a son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi paid a visit to H&K’s headquarters in 2003.
H&K has stated that they are cooperating fully with German prosecutors in both cases.
So what are we to make of this? Is H&K operating in the gray areas of the law, in order to increase profits at the expense of the lives of Mexican citizens? Could this be a perfectly innocent deal, or a situation where some sales rep, trying to make quota, got his tail in a wringer, leaving his company’s ass swinging in the wind? I dunno. But if you were to exchange “German Police” for “ATF” and “H&K” with any American weapons manufacturer, imagine what kind of headlines we’d be seeing from this side of the Atlantic. Of course, over here, it’s not the companies that are selling weapons to the narco-terrorists, corrupt police, and even more-corrupt governments.
That’s the ATF’s gig.