More cases of reported abuse in armed forces

15th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

15 March 2005, BERLIN - The number of reported cases of abuse in the German armed forces almost doubled last year, the Parliamentary Armed Forces Commissioner said on Tuesday in his annual report.

15 March 2005

BERLIN - The number of reported cases of abuse in the German armed forces almost doubled last year, the Parliamentary Armed Forces Commissioner said on Tuesday in his annual report.

There were 94 cases of abuse reported in 2004, up from 58 the previous year, said outgoing Commissioner Willfried Penner.

Simulated hostage-taking and interrogation abuses during training at a German armed forces base in Coesfeld drew numerous headlines last year.

The number of right-wing extremist incidents in the Bundeswehr, Germany's combined armed forces, declined slightly, said the report.

There were 134 reported rightist incidents last year, compared with 139 in 2003.

Most of these involved drunken soldiers shouting Nazi slogans or giving the stiff-armed Hitler salute which are banned under German law, said the report.

DPA

Subject: German news

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