North Rhine-Westphalia: Officer also hoarded radioactive material

Status: 10/22/2021 5:38 p.m.

In the case of an arrested Bundeswehr officer in North Rhine-Westphalia, the public prosecutor’s office confirmed that the radioactive substance strontium-90 was found on him. He is also said to have had secret documents.

A Bundeswehr officer arrested in North Rhine-Westphalia is said to have hoarded not only weapons but also radioactive material. Strontium-90 was found from a previously unknown source, said a spokeswoman for the Frankfurt public prosecutor’s office. The allegations against the man were therefore expanded to include the offense of unauthorized handling of radioactive substances. The man is now in custody. The “Spiegel” had previously reported on it.

The amount of strontium-90 found remained open. The carcinogenic substance is mainly used in medicine and industry. It also occurs in the context of nuclear tests and in waste from nuclear power plants.

Investigators discovered grenades and mines

During a raid in Aldenhoven in the Düren district on October 12, investigators discovered an arsenal with war weapons – firearms, grenades, hand grenades and mines. The Frankfurt public prosecutor’s office is responsible because customs intercepted a package with silencers at the airport that the 32-year-old wanted to send to the USA. The authorities therefore initiated proceedings and obtained a search warrant.

The “Spiegel” reported, citing a note from the ministry, that the majority of the material came from the former Eastern Bloc. According to the magazine, it is about Kalashnikov rifles, anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons, as well as a number of defused grenades and ammunition. The man belongs to a Bundeswehr center that is responsible for the analysis of self-made explosive devices and their defense.

Secret documents of the BND

The soldier is in custody. According to an initial assessment, the seized weapons and the confiscated ammunition did not come from the armed forces, the Ministry of Defense had declared. However, documents “classified” as secret were also found, which are now the subject of the investigation.

According to “Spiegel” information, there are two current dossiers from the Federal Intelligence Service on the situation in North Korea. It remains to be seen how the accused got the sensitive papers. “Extensive communist literature” is also said to have been seized during the raid.

In addition to the public prosecutor’s office and customs, the military counterintelligence service, which has switched on its counterintelligence, is investigating the information.

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