SIG Sauer (Germany) is being investigated by German Prosecutors for illegal arms exports and the company offices were raided a couple of times by police. Now bizarrely key evidence against the company has gone “missing”. Stern.de (translated using Google) reports …
A key piece of evidence in the case against the weapons manufacturer Sig Sauer has disappeared.
Unknown (persons) stole the laptop seized from the former managing director of the company from Eckernförde in Schleswig-Holstein from the offices of the Kiel prosecutor, NDR, WDR and “Süddeutsche Zeitung” reported. They referred to the prosecutor’s office. For inquiries, the competent senior public prosecutor, was on Thursday evening at first but impossible to achieve.
Sig Sauer was in the headlines last year because of possibly illegal guns deliveries to Iraq, Kazakhstan and Colombia. The office is investigating why, according to the report against five current or former executives, including the incumbent Chief of Sig Sauer USA. Investigators had the computer and other evidence seized as they had searched the offices of the company and private homes of employees.
How the computer could disappear in the video-controlled and secured building, it is unclear for information of the three media. Prosecutors told reportedly, the security measures were increased since then, and the rules for the handling of evidence have been tightened.
I find this very hard to believe. Occam’s razor would suggest that it was more likely a prosecutor “lost” inconvenient evidence than someone with a vested interest in the case entered a secure building and stole evidence without being detected.
Thanks to Troubleshooter Berlin for the tip.