They had targeted attacks on politicians, asylum seekers, and Muslims. Now the investigative judges in Karlsruhe have issued the first arrest warrants against members of the alleged right-wing terrorist cell.

After breaking up a suspected right-wing terrorist cell, the first of a total of twelve arrested are in custody. Investigative judges from the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) initially issued an arrest warrant against 39-year-old Tony E. from Lower Saxony and five alleged helpers from Saxony-Anhalt, Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia. This was announced by a spokesman for the federal prosecutor’s office in Karlsruhe.

The other screenings should take place during the day. For this purpose, all twelve accused were brought to the BGH in Karlsruhe. The investigating judges decide whether a suspect is in custody or may need to be released.

Cell wanted to cause chaos

The Attorney General had raided the group on Friday in six federal states. The alleged right-wing terrorists are said to have envisaged attacks on politicians, asylum seekers, and Muslims in order to create chaos and thus unsettle the Federal Republic’s social order. However, the project has not yet been specified.

Alleged right-wing terrorist cell - those arrested at the BGH Karlsruhe (picture-alliance / dpa / U. Deck)

The detainees, all German, are reported to be between 31 and 60 years old. Four of them are said to have joined together to form the actual terror cell. The eight others think the investigators are supporters. They are said to have agreed to give money, to procure weapons or to participate in future attacks.

The federal prosecutor added the fifth man to the core of the group. He was the only one who was not arrested. According to the federal prosecutor, the group had exchanged chats and calls, but had also met several times. The meeting is said to have been coordinated by 53-year-old Werner S. from the Augsburg area, partly supported by Tony E.

North Rhine-Westphalia’s interior minister Herbert Reul announced on Friday that a police officer had been suspended. This man is reportedly one of the arrested supporters.

Security agencies have been observing for a long time

As the news magazine “Der Spiegel” reported, more than ten people gathered last Saturday in Minden, Westphalia. This meeting was observed with great effort by the security authorities. According to further information from the magazine, the police found several weapons during the raid on Friday, including a self-made so-called slam gun. A similar firearm was also used by the anti-Semitic assassin from Halle, who attacked a synagogue in October and killed two people.   The “Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger” writes that hand grenades and unconstitutional Nazi symbols have also been discovered.


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