Germany army withdraws platoon from Lithuania amid investigations




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The German armed forces were withdrawing an entire armoured infantry platoon from a NATO mission in Lithuania and the troops are due return to Germany Thursday, following suspicions of serious misconduct.

The main soldier who was accused may also be subjected summary dismissal under the soldiers act, the defence ministry said Wednesday.

The Counterintelligence Service (MAD) was also involved in the investigation.

Suspicions had arisen in the course of the investigations of further irregularities, with a shortage of ammunition running the triple digit range.

Investigations have already revealed initial suspicions of criminal offences from sexual assault insults that could be based on racism, coercion and extremist behaviour.

Right-wing extremist and anti-Semitic songs were sung at a party in a hotel at the end of April, according the Spiegel news magazine, which first reported on the case.

An alleged sexual assault was also filmed.

Defence Minister, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, has pledged others accountable if they held information that they failed to share.

(NAN)