Phony Conscript Uncovered After 5 Months of Service ({{commentsTotal}})

The Defense Forces have discharged a man who had been secretly serving the conscription duty of a friend for five months.

The man had already completed his mandatory service six years earlier, but agreed to help a friend, who was called up. The Defense Forces said in a press release on Tuesday that allegedly, the friend was in financial trouble and asked for help serving the service time, which can range from eight to 11 months.

The police will open an investigation against the friend, who could receive a three-year prison sentence.

Sources close to ERR News said it is the first detected occurrence of this type in the history of the Defense Forces.

Only a month ago a conscript failed to return from a holiday, having also gone AWOL from a training exercise and ditching his firearm, in November.