Monday, January 24, 2011

Under-fire defense minister promises German military probe

BERLIN - German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, under fire for a series of incidents involving the armed forces, called Sunday for a comprehensive probe of possible systemic problems.
"I commissioned the chief of staff with conducting a review of all branches of the military to determine whether there is or has been evidence of practices that contravene the military's code," he told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.
A defense ministry spokesman confirmed the probe but said a detailed timetable for the investigation had not been determined.Zu Guttenberg, a millionaire aristocrat who regularly tops popularity rankings among German politicians, has come in for sharp criticism over deadly.
The defense ministry said Saturday that the navy had sacked the captain of its three-masted naval training vessel the Gorch Fock after the death of a female cadet in November sparked an alleged mutiny.
The ship was ordered to return to port amid reports that cadets had refused orders to climb the rigging after the 25-year-old trainee fell to her death from a yardarm while the ship was sailing off Salvador de Bahia in Brazil.
All 70 cadets on board were flown back to Germany when the defense ministry terminated their training on the troubled vessel and sent officials to open an inquiry.readmore


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