Nationwide raids and arrests: Right-wing extremists apparently planned attacks and kidnapping of Lauterbach – politics


Karl Lauterbach is Federal Minister of Health.Photo: IMAGO/Bettina Strenske

Investigators in several federal states have taken action against members of a chat group called “Vereinte Patrioten”, which allegedly planned bombings and kidnappings of “well-known public figures” on Telegram. This was announced on Thursday by the public prosecutor’s office in Koblenz and the National Criminal Police Office of Rhineland-Palatinate.

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According to information from the political magazine ARD Report Mainz, Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) was also to be kidnapped in an action called “Klabutermann”. After the results of the investigation became known, Lauterbach himself said he did not want to be intimidated by the alleged kidnapping plans. The Federal Criminal Police Office told the Tagesspiegel that the findings of the investigation “have been taken into account in the protective measures taken for Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach”. They were closely coordinated with the national criminal police office in Rhineland-Palatinate and the public prosecutor’s office in Koblenz.

According to the public prosecutor’s office, searches took place on Wednesday at 20 properties in Rhineland-Palatinate, Baden-Württemberg, Brandenburg, Bavaria, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein and Thuringia. Around 270 officers, including special units, were deployed.

Right-wing extremists, citizens of the Reich and corona deniers

According to it, twelve Germans aged 55, 54, 50, 42 and 41 are accused of having prepared a serious act of violence dangerous to the state and of having violated the law on the control of arms and weapons. of war.

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