Starting in 2018, the German police in Berlin arrested a person suspected of sending threatening letters with a radical right-wing background to right-wing politicians and public figures.
“The 53-year-old suspect has been arrested in his apartment in Berlin. It is suspected that he has been sending offensive letters since 2018 under the pseudonym NSU 2.0 and threatening content with radical right-wing messages. “The Frankfurt State Attorney’s Office said in a statement.
According to the Federal Ministry of Justice of the State of Hessen, the suspect sent 115 threatening letters emphasizing a strong right-wing ideology. These letters were mainly sent to leftist politicians, but also to foreigners in Germany and Austria (mostly foreigners).
The author is hidden behind the pseudonym NSU 2.0, which refers to the label of the right-wing terrorist organization National Socialist Underground (NSU), which killed 10 people between 2000 and 2007, most of them foreigners, and The only surviving member of the organization was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2018.
The detainees had previously been convicted of crimes with extreme right-wing political backgrounds.
The investigation tried to find out how the suspect obtained the secret addresses of some public figures. Some addresses were downloaded from the police computer, prompting the Hessen State Police Chief to resign last year.
Hessian Interior Minister Peter Beuth said on Tuesday that investigations so far have not shown any police officers involved in the “NSU 2.0” case.
“During the investigation, the police in Hessen were very suspicious, but after everything we know today, we can claim that no police are connected to this series of threatening letters,” Biss said.
The German Left Party doubts the theory of a single perpetrator. Party Vice Chairman Martina Renner pointed out that in previous similar cases, the connection between the perpetrators and many unresolved issues related to the “NSU 2.0” case.
Renner told the German media: “There are more unresolved issues, such as how the detainees can reach the hidden addresses of public figures.”
Statistics were also released on Tuesday, showing a sharp increase in politically motivated crime in Germany.