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German court said to annul ban on Saudi arms exports

Court reportedly rules that German authorities did not follow correct procedures when they imposed a ban on future arms sales to Saudi Arabia

German court said to annul ban on Saudi arms exports

A German court has reportedly annulled a de facto export ban that had prevented arms manufacturer Rheinmetall from exporting armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia.

A German court has reportedly annulled a de facto export ban that had prevented arms manufacturer Rheinmetall from exporting armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia.

According to a Reuters report, the court ruled that German authorities had not followed correct procedures when they imposed a ban on future arms sales to Saudi Arabia and temporarily halted deliveries of previously approved kit last November.

The decision came after Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in Riyadh's diplomatic mission in Istanbul.

Reuters said the court ruled that authorities had failed to follow proper procedures in revoking a previously issued licence allowing the sale of 110 armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia, 20 of which had already been sent by the end of last October.

It reported that the German government can appeal the ruling, adding that the economy ministry, which is in charge of arms export licences, and Rheinmetall were not immediately available to comment.