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Bundeswehr closes probe against Klein for Kunduz air strike

DPA/The Local · 19 Aug 2010, 16:43

Published: 19 Aug 2010 16:43 GMT+02:00

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“There were no indications of dereliction of duty,” the Defence Ministry said in short statement announcing the end to the probe into Klein’s actions on September 4, 2009 near Kunduz in the north of the strife-torn country.

The decision by the military to abandon its investigation comes after German prosecutors also chose not to pursue criminal charges against Klein earlier this year for calling a NATO air strike on two petrol tankers hijacked by the Taliban. The bombardment killed an estimated 142 people, among them dozens of civilians.

The Karlsruhe-based prosecutors’ office announced in April that Klein had broken neither German nor international law because he had every reason to assume only insurgents were around the hijacked tankers, not civilians.

A parliamentary inquiry into the incident is expected to wrap up later this year.

Earlier this month, the Defence Ministry announced the families of 102 Afghan civilians killed or injured in the air strike would receive $5,000 in compensation.

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A ministry spokesman said the payment corresponded to the “type and fashion typical for the country,” but an Afghan politician called it a “laughable” sum that put a cheap price on human life.

DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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20:02 August 19, 2010 by Soonerdiver
The man should be given a medal for NOT allowing the stolen fuel tankers to get into enemy hands! If you are an innocent civilian (?) in that country you should not be hanging out with known terrorists and enemies of your government. Unfortunately they got what they deserved.
19:14 August 20, 2010 by panzerkommandant
I agree partially he should not be given a medal but he should not pe punished he a sonly doing his dutie
19:25 August 20, 2010 by wenddiver
Taxpayers get to pay for terrorists injured stealing truck, gas and kiling drivers.

Military Officer prevented from doing his duties for moths.

Prosecutor's Office wasting time on case that goes no where.

Government gone wild.
00:31 August 22, 2010 by DrGideonPolya
A huge failing in Western media is that they concentrate solely on violent deaths in war zones and ignore the millions of non-violent deaths associated with war.

Thus for example, of the 5-6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis it is estimated by Jewish Holocaust Professor Sir Martin Gilbert (see his "Atlas of the Holocaust") that 1 in 6 died from deprivation.

Check out UNICEF and you will discover that in Germany- and US Alliance-occupied Afghanistan 311,000 under-5 year old infants die each year - this being overwhelmingly from deprivation due to German and US Alliance war crimes in gross violation of the Geneva Convention.

In Occupied Afghanistan post-invasion violent deaths may total 1 million but post-invasion non-violent deaths from deprivation total 3.5 million, post-invasion under-5 infant deaths total 2.4 million and refugees total 3-4 million (an Afghan Holocaust and an Afghan Genocide according to Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention).

The key message from the Nazi German-imposed WW2 Holocaust (30 million Slavs, Jews and Gypsies killed) is surely "never again to anyone", a key moral message being grossly violated by a genocide-complicit New Germany under Angela Merkel.
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