In the meantime, 55 suspects after a large “Reichsbürger” raid
After the large-scale anti-terror raids against so-called Reich citizens in several German federal states, Austria and Italy, the number of suspects has grown to 55. The German press agency learned this on Monday from security circles.
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ARCHIVE – In December, the federal prosecutor’s office had several people from the so-called “Reich citizen scene” arrested in the course of a raid. After originally 54 suspects, the number increased. Photo: Julian Rettig/dpa
So far, 54 suspects had been mentioned. Investigators arrested 25 of them in early December. The news magazine “Spiegel” (Friday/Online) first reported on the increase.
According to dpa information, the authorities have secured more than 420,000 euros in cash and precious metals in the process. The “Spiegel” had reported about 50 kilograms of gold and other precious metals. “Reich citizens” are people who do not recognize the Federal Republic and its democratic structures.
The federal prosecutor accuses 22 of those arrested of being members of a terrorist organization that wanted to overthrow the political system in Germany. Three other arrested are considered supporters. 24 of the men and women are in custody.
An ex-officer of a Bundeswehr special unit who was arrested in Italy is still taking legal action against extradition to Germany. The appeal hearing is scheduled for February 9th. With the exception of one Russian, all suspects have German citizenship.
“Reich citizens” are people who do not recognize the Federal Republic and its democratic structures. They claim that the German Reich (1871-1945) continues to exist. The Office for the Protection of the Constitution ascribes around 21,000 followers to the scene.