A tank, an anti-aircraft gun and a torpedo in an old German house

The process of raising weapons took 20 soldiers for nine hours

A German pensioner is locked in a legal dispute after police find a World War II tank, anti-aircraft gun and torpedo in the basement of his home.

According to Business Insider and Sky News, a team of prosecutors and lawyers is working to negotiate the penalty for the 84-year-old, which is likely to be a suspended sentence and a fine of up to 500,000 euros, the defense says. That the weapons no longer work, and therefore do not violate this legislation, and what could carry a smaller fine of 50,000 euros, according to German broadcaster RT.

The weapons were discovered in the basement of a German pensioner's home in 2015 after local authorities reported their wartime contents after searching the property for Nazi-era artwork, according to the BBC.

The lifting of the weapons cost 20 soldiers a nine-hour effort, as they removed a batch of military equipment from the unnamed man's home in the Heikendorf suburb of Kiel, northern Germany.

There were also a number of Nazi memorabilia, including a bust of Hitler, mannequins in Nazi uniforms, swastika pendants, and lamps.

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