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A Pensioner in Germany Ended up in Court for Keeping a Tank at Home

Lawyers in Germany are debating how to deal with an 84-year-old pensioner who kept a tank, anti-aircraft gun and torpedo from World War II in his basement.

The Panther tank was removed from the basement of a house in northern Germany in the town of Heikendoff in 2015.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys are now negotiating possible fines, including a suspended sentence and a fine of up to 500,000 euros.

According to the defendant’s lawyer, the American Museum is interested in buying the tank.

Many historians claim that it was the most effective armored vehicle used by Germany during World War II.

The lawyer also said that a number of German collectors had contacted the defendant about other items, including rifles and pistols.

At a court hearing yesterday in the city of Kiel, about 100 kilometers north of Hamburg, lawyers were trying to determine whether the military collection violated German law on the control of military weapons.

The defense claims that most of the weapons are not functional and that the “panther” was bought as scrap metal and is considering accepting a fine of less than 50,000 euros.

In July 2015, about twenty soldiers pulled the tank out of the property for nine hours and put it on a transport truck.

Local authorities reported the contents of the basement to colleagues in Berlin, who had previously searched the home for works of art stolen by the Nazis.

The next hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, and the verdict is expected next month.

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