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Army officer caught using recruits as free labour

An Austrian army officer has been arrested by military police after he was caught using recruits as free labour to renovate his house.

The new from Lower Austria was caught red-handed during a spot check after lieutenant Sigfrid M., 48, ordered three soldiers to drive with him to nearby Vienna where two of them were ordered to work on putting down new wooden flooring in his house, and the third was used as a chauffeur to ferry his family around.

When the military police stopped the military transport driven by the the lieutenant with the three soldiers inside as they returned to base he refused to say what he had been using them for - but the three soldiers spilled the beans and now the officer faces a military court - and possibly a discharge from the army.

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