On Wednesday, German authorities detained two former soldiers who were allegedly trying to form a group of mercenaries that would intervene in the military conflict in Yemen.
Federal prosecutors said the people, who were identified only as Arend-Adolf G. and Achim A. under German privacy laws, were detained in southern Germany. Both are German citizens and former members of the Bundeswehr.
These people are accused of being the leaders of a terrorist organization, the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
Together, they allegedly decided in early 2021 to create their own mercenary group of 100-150 former soldiers or police officers.
According to prosecutors, the main motivation for the men was to earn around 40,000 euros ($ 47,000) each month by offering the group’s services to third parties, in particular Saudi Arabia. The oil-rich kingdom intervened in neighboring Yemen against the Houthi rebel group.
Prosecutors said the men’s attempts to contact the Saudi Arabian authorities were unsuccessful.
These people knew that their plans for military intervention in Yemen would inevitably require them to kill people, and they knew that civilians could be injured and killed, the prosecutor’s office said.
They added that Arend-Adolph G. allegedly brought in at least seven people for his plan.