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‘Far-right extremist’ arrested in Germany on suspicion of plotting armed coup

The suspects were aware that their objectives could only be achieved through military means and force, prosecutors said.

According to the prosecutor’s statement, they were said to have believed in “a collection of conspiracy theories consisting of so-called Reich citizen narratives and QAnon ideologies.”

They also added that members of the group believed Germany was ruled by a so-called “Shadow State”. Similar baseless allegations about the United States were made by former President Donald Trump.

Prosecutors have identified the suspected ringleaders as Heinrich XIII PR and Ruediger v.P., in line with German privacy regulations. Der Spiegel reported that the former was a prominent 71-year-old member of the German petty nobility and the latter a 69-year-old ex-paratrooper.

Federal prosecutors have said that Heinrich XIII PR, whom the group had planned to appoint as Germany’s new leader, contacted Russian authorities with the aim of negotiating a new order in the country after the German government was overthrown. said. He is a Russian woman, Vitalia B.

“According to the current investigation, there is no indication that the person who was contacted responded positively to his request,” the prosecutor said.

Another person detained by police on Wednesday was identified by prosecutors as Birgit M.-W. Der Spiegel According to reports, the woman was a judge and former lawmaker for the far-right Alternative for Germany party.

The party, known by its German acronym AfD, has come under increasing scrutiny from German security services for its links with extremist groups.


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