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Doctor hid 700 guns and stash of ammunition

Police officers searching a German doctor’s office and flat for evidence of medical malpractice stumbled upon hundreds of weapons and piles of bullets.

Doctor hid 700 guns and stash of ammunition
Photo: DPA

“We were able to establish massive breaches of the gun laws,” a Munich police spokesman told the Münchner Abendzeitung newspaper.

“Around 400 guns were found, as well as an extensive cache of munitions, although the suspect had only registered possession of 259 weapons as a collector.”

Some of the guns and ammunition were easily accessible rather than locked away, while more were found in his flat and the cellar of his medical practice.

Four days after the first 400 guns were found, he then admitted having another stash of illegal weapons, the newspaper said. A further 300 guns were found there, including rifles, machine guns and other automatic weapons classified as war-related, an officer said.

The doctor admitted illegally owning the weapons, saying he was a slave to his passion for collecting them.

“There is currently absolutely nothing to suggest that the suspect used the weapons. Due to the amount of evidence confiscated, it will take several months to assess everything. The investigation continues,” the police said.

The doctor has voluntarily surrendered his medical licence.

The Local/hc

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GERMANY AND ISRAEL

Germany in talks on further payout for 1972 Olympics victims

The German government says it is in talks over further compensation for victims of the attack on the Munich Olympics, as the 50th anniversary of the atrocity approaches.

Germany in talks on further payout for 1972 Olympics victims

Ahead of the commemoration in September, relatives of the Israelis killed have indicated they are unhappy with what Germany is offering.

“Conversations based on trust are taking place with representatives of the victims’ families,” a German interior ministry spokesman told AFP when asked about the negotiations.

He did not specify who would benefit or how much money had been earmarked, saying only that any package would “again” be financed by the federal government, the state of Bavaria and the city of Munich.

On September 5th, 1972, eight gunmen broke into the Israeli team’s flat at the Olympic village, shooting dead two and taking nine Israelis hostage, threatening to kill them unless 232 Palestinian prisoners were released.

West German police responded with a bungled rescue operation in which all nine hostages were killed, along with five of the eight hostage-takers and a police officer.

An armed police officer in a tracksuit secures the block where terrorists  held Israeli hostages at the Olympic Village in Munich on 5th September 1972.

An armed police officer in a tracksuit secures the block where terrorists held Israeli hostages at the Olympic Village in Munich on 5th September 1972. Photo: picture alliance / dpa | Horst Ossingert

The spokeswoman for the victims’ families, Ankie Spitzer, told the German media group RND that the amount currently on the table was “insulting” and threatened a boycott of this year’s commemorations.

She said Berlin was offering a total of €10 million including around €4.5 million already provided in compensation between 1972 and 2002 — an amount she said did not correspond to international standards. 

“We are angry and disappointed,” said Spitzer, the widow of fencing coach Andre Spitzer who was killed in the attack. “We never wanted to talk publicly about money but now we are forced to.”

RND reported that the German and Israeli governments would like to see an accord by August 15th.

The interior ministry spokesman said that beyond compensation, Germany intended to use the anniversary for fresh “historical appraisal, remembrance and recognition”.

He said this would include the formation of a commission of German and Israeli historians to “comprehensively” establish what happened “from the perspective of the year 2022”.

This would lead to “an offer of further acts of acknowledgement of the relatives of the victims of the attack” and the “grave consequences” they suffered.

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