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In Germany, a pensioner who kept a tank in a basement was fined 250,000 euros

In Germany, a pensioner who kept a tank in a basement was fined 250,000 euros

A German court on Tuesday sentenced an 84-year-old man for illegal possession of a weapon for possessing a personal arsenal that included a Panther tank, a cannon with live shells, and many other elements of military weapons from the Second World War.

Reported by Spiegel.

The district court in the city of Kiel in the north of the country gave the pensioner a suspended sentence of 14 months and ordered him to pay a fine of 250,000 euros.

In this case, 50,000 euros must be paid to the state treasury and the rest of the fine — to charity.

The court also ordered the defendant, whose name is not named under German privacy law, must sell or transfer the 45-ton tank and anti-aircraft gun to a museum or a collector concerned within the next two years.

Military equipment from the Second World War, including an anti-aircraft gun and a torpedo, was discovered in 2015 during an into the caches of Nazi art.

It took about 20 soldiers almost nine hours to pull the Panther tank without tracks from the apartment building and move it to a low loader for transportation.



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