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German Court Overturns Export Ban on Military Equipment to Saudi Arabia

German Court Overturns Export Ban on Military Equipment to Saudi Arabia December 9, 2019

The Administrative Court in Frankfurt am Main ruled that the Federal Government’s freeze on armaments exports to Saudi Arabia was not legal according to the Handelsblatt daily newspaper.

Rheinmetall Military Vehicles GmbH, sued Berlin because the bulk of a major contract with Saudi Arabia was ‘sabotaged’ by a poorly reasoned decision by the federal government.

In November 2016, Rheinmetall announced a major order from a foreign customer. "The order includes 110 logistics vehicles valued at 134 million euros to be delivered between January 2018 and February 2019," the company said at the time. Follow-on orders were expected, and well as maintenance and logistics services for five years.

In 2016, the Federal Government granted Rheinmetall the export license for the trucks, and the company delivered an initial batch of 20 trucks to the Royal Saudi Land Forces.

On October 2, 2018, however, cooperation with Saudi Arabia became much more difficult. The murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul cut German ties.

 

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