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German taxes spent on training Saudi guards

German taxes spent on training Saudi guards
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The federal police force has spent nearly a million euros of German taxpayer's money on training border guards in Saudi Arabia, the government has admitted.

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The Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung reported on Monday that the German police had been involved in a long-term operation sending officers to Saudi Arabia to train border guards since 2008.

"Since the beginning of the operation, the federal police has incurred costs of up to €996,790.52," said a written response to a Left party's parliamentary request for information.

The police is also planning to extend the training programme for another five years.

Left party domestic policy spokesman Ulla Jelpke told the paper, "I can't see why the German taxpayer has to spend money so that federal police officers can train Saudi Arabian security forces."

The Local/DAPD/bk

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