Germany arrests 25 suspected of far-right plot to overthrow state

BERLIN – German authorities on Wednesday detained 25 members and supporters of a far-right group that the prosecutor’s office said were preparing a violent overthrow of the state, with some members suspected of plotting an armed attack on the parliament.

One active soldier and several reservists are among those being investigated, a spokesperson for the military intelligence service told Reuters. The active soldier is a member of the Special Forces Command, it said.

A former parliamentary lawmaker from the far-right Alternative For Germany (AfD) who serves as a judge in Berlin was also among those detained, along with a former member of a German royal family.

Investigators suspect individual members of the group had concrete plans to storm the Bundestag lower house of parliament in Berlin with a small armed group, the prosecutor’s office said.

Police secures the area after 25 suspected members and supporters of a far-right group were detained during raids across Germany, in Berlin on Dec. 7, 2022.
Police secures the area after 25 suspected members and supporters of a far-right group were detained during raids across Germany on Dec. 7, 2022.

An active soldier and several reservists are among those being investigated from the far-right group that tried to overthrow the government in Berlin, Germany on Dec. 7, 2022.
An active soldier and several reservists are among those being investigated from the far-right group that tried to overthrow the government in Berlin, Germany on Dec. 7, 2022.

One of the suspects, identified as Heinrich XIII P. R. under Germany’s privacy law, had reached out to representatives of Russia, whom the group saw as its central contact for establishing its new order, the office said. It said there was no evidence the representatives had reacted positively to the request.

Heinrich, who comes from the royal House of Reuss, which had ruled over parts of eastern Germany, was seen as the designated leader in the group’s future state while another suspect, Ruediger v. P., was the head of the military arm, the office said.

Masked police officers lead an arrested suspect to a police vehicle during a raid in Frankfurt, Germany on Dec. 7, 2022.
Masked police officers lead an arrested suspect to a police vehicle during a raid in Frankfurt, Germany on Dec. 7, 2022.
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The House of Reuss had previously distanced itself from Heinrich, calling him a confused man who pursued conspiracy theories, according to local media. The house did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Prosecutors said the raids were conducted by more than 3,000 police officials and security forces across 11 German federal states. Suspects were arrested in the German states of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Hesse, Lower Saxony, Saxony, Thuringia as well as in Austria and Italy, said the office.

German special police forces patrol and search the area in eastern Germany on Dec. 7, 2022 during early morning raids against members of a far-right terror group.
German special police forces patrol and search the area in eastern Germany on Dec. 7, 2022 during early morning raids against members of a far-right terror group.
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The suspects are accused of preparing, since the end of November 2021 at the latest, to carry out actions based on their ideology, according to the office. These actions include procuring equipment, recruiting new members and holding shooting lessons, it added.

The focus of the recruitment efforts were primarily members of the military and police officers, the office said.

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