6 ex-Heckler & Koch employees charged for exporting guns to Mexico

A Heckler-Koch HK G36C assault rifle, which was seized from a house during an operation, is held up by a member of the Community Police of the FUSDEG (United Front for the Security and Development of the State of Guerrero) during a presentation in the village of Petaquillas, on the outskirts of Chilpancingo, in the Mexican state of Guerrero, February 1, 2015. (Photo by Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters)

A community police officer holds up a Heckler-Koch HK G36C assault rifle was seized from a house during an operation on Feb. 1, 2015. (Photo: Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters)

Six former employees of gun maker Heckler & Koch have been charged with breaching laws on trade and weapons of war when they sold arms to customers in Mexican states, German prosecutors told Reuters on Thursday.

The group allegedly made 16 deliveries of rifles and parts in Mexico between 2006 and 2009 while knowing the weapons would end up in states excluded on Germany’s export license.

The six people charged were not named — as is custom in Germany — but they were described as former sales representatives for Heckler & Koch in Mexico.

Human rights activists have alleged some of Heckler & Koch’s guns ended up in the southwestern city of Iguala, Guerrero, where 43 trainee teachers were abducted last year and almost certainly murdered by a drug gang working with corrupt police.

[ Reuters ]