German pensioner given hefty fine for WW2 tank in house

German pensioner given hefty fine for WW2 tank in house

8/4/2021 12:52:00 AM

German pensioner given hefty fine for WW2 tank in house

The 82 year old is given a suspended sentence and fined €250,000 (£213,469).

image captionThe World War Two-era Panther tank was removed from a residential property in northern Germany in 2015A pensioner in Germany has been convicted of illegal weapons possession after he was found to own an extensive personal arsenal including a tank.

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The defendant, 84, has been handed a suspended prison sentence of 14 months and has been ordered to pay a fine of €250,000 (£213,469).Officials found the tank and other World War Two-era military equipment at the defendant's house in the northern town of Heikendorf in 2015.

The army had to help remove the items.On Monday, the court ordered that the defendant, who cannot be named under German privacy laws, must sell or donate the tank and an anti-aircraft cannon to a museum or collector within the next two years.According to the defendant's lawyer, a US museum is interested in purchasing the Panther tank. Many US historians argue it was the most efficient such vehicle deployed by Germany during World War Two.

The lawyer also said that a number of German collectors had approached the defendant over other items, which included assault rifles and pistols, local media report.Local authorities raided the property in 2015 after receiving a tip-off about the building's contents by colleagues in Berlin, who had earlier searched the home for stolen Nazi art.

It took about 20 soldiers almost nine hours to extract the Panther tank - which was without its tracks - from the property. Read more: BBC News (UK) »

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Poor man. Glad I live in the US. In Germany: Authorities visit property. Finds tank. Soils pants. Calls in the army. Prosecute old man. Everyone miserable. In USA: Authorities visit property. Finds tank. 'Holy shit! Wow! Can I get in?' 'Sure!' Great Convo. BBQ. Every1 happy. Don’t understand that at all. It’s a collectors item surely. Not as if it worked.

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