Right-wing extremists at security authorities: 350 suspected cases

Hundreds of employees of security agencies are suspected of being right-wing extremists. This is the result of a confidential paper from the Office for the Protection of the Constitution.

Police in Hesse are particularly suspicious: the police headquarters in Frankfurt am Main Photo: Boris Roessler/dpa

The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) counts more than 350 suspected cases of right-wing extremism in German security agencies, according to a report. This is according to the first-ever situation report on the subject, Welt am Sonntag reported. According to the report, the document, which is classified as confidential, covers the period from the beginning of January 2017 to the end of March 2020.

According to the report, the BfV queried the Federal Intelligence Service, the Military Counter-Intelligence Service, the Federal Criminal Police Office, the Federal Police, the 16 state police forces and the offices for the protection of the constitution, which together have about 300,000 employees. According to the report, the authorities had to fill out a questionnaire on right-wing extremist cases in their offices, which the BfV then evaluated centrally.

According to Welt am Sonntag, Hesse reported the most suspected right-wing extremist cases among the federal states. The Ministry of the Interior explained this by saying that internal investigations in this area had been particularly intensive for two years.

In the past three years, 59 disciplinary and labor law measures have been taken in the state. Disciplinary proceedings have been initiated in 50 of them, and 29 have been discontinued, the newspaper wrote. In eleven cases, dismissals or non-appointments as civil servants had taken place.

In recent months, right-wing extremist incidents in security agencies have repeatedly caused a stir. Most recently, for example, a right-wing extremist chat group within the police was uncovered in North Rhine-Westphalia. In Leipzig, a police officer is suspected of having "made right-wing extremist and racist statements", also as a participant in a chat, as the Leipzig police department had announced on Friday.

The eagerly awaited situation report by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution is to be presented in October, according to Welt am Sonntag. Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) had rejected a study on racism in the police, which had been demanded by many sides, among other things on the grounds that the situation report was currently being prepared.

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