Friday, August 17th, 2012
The Federal Constitutional Court said the Bundeswehr armed forces could deploy under strict conditions in case of an assault in Germany with the potential for scores of casualties.
The deployment of troops in Germany is only acceptable in “states of emergency of catastrophic proportions,” the judges ruled, but never “in reaction to the threat posed by demonstrating crowds”.
The use of combat weapons is only acceptable “as a last resort” and must be approved by the federal government, not simply delegated to the defence minister.
Shooting down a hijacked passenger plane with civilians on board remains illegal after the ruling but fighter jets could attempt to force an aircraft to land with warning shots.
This article was posted: Friday, August 17, 2012 at 9:27 am