Germany: Police raid “right-wing extremists'” homes for plotting to kill politicians. Weapons found, no arrests made
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German media reported an anti-terrorism action against two men in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern on 28 August. The two are suspected of planning to murder political opponents, whom they consider to be ‘left wing’. Consequently, they are considered to be “right-wing extremist”. Civil servants of the Public Prosecutor’s Office (BKA) and the German Federal Police have raided work and business premises of both men, finding what investigators call a ‘death list’, as well as ammunition and legally procured weapons. Most explosive in the situation, is that one of the men is said to be a police officer. Despite the finds, no arrest was made.
According to the Ministry of the Interior, the policeman works for the Ludwigslust police station. Despite the fact that he was not arrested, disciplinary action was taken against him. A spokeswoman for the Ministry said, there was initial suspicion of a serious crime, which accounts for the disciplinary action.
The BKA meanwhile claims that the two men feared, that the German state’s refugee policy would lead to a breakdown of order. This fear had led them to prepare for such an eventuality, by stockpiling food and ammunition. The suspects are suspected of planning to use this predicted crisis as an opportunity to take certain representatives of the Left prisoner, and to subsequently kill them, using weapons they legally purchased. Evidence for this is said to be found in various online chat groups, where they shared their thoughts with other people, which called attention to them. The chats mostly dealt with the refugee-policy.
The Ministry of the Interior of the German state of Schwering claimed more persons have been confronted with searches. One of those is also a police officer in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. They are not considered suspects: the searches were meant to find any evidence to substantiate the existing suspicions.
Suspected right-wing extremists are particularly well followed in Germany, even though numbers published in 2015 put their total number at 1.450 in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Only half of these is said to be orientated towards violence.