Authorities in Germany have arrested 25 members and sympathisers of a far-right organisation that the prosecutor’s office claimed was planning a violent takeover of the state, with some members accused of organising an armed assault on parliament.
According to a military intelligence agency official, one current soldier and many reservists are among those being probed. According to the report, the active soldier is a member of the Special Forces Command.
A former far-right Alternative for Germany parliamentary representative who now works as a judge in Berlin was also held, as was a former member of the German royal family.
According to the prosecutor’s office, investigators believe individual members of the group had made definite preparations to attack the lower house of the Bundestag in Berlin with a small armed force.
According to the office, one of the suspects, named Heinrich XIII P. R. under German privacy regulations, had contacted officials of Russia, whom the organisation considered its essential contact for building its new regime. It said that there was no proof that the reps had favourably responded to the request.
Heinrich, who came from the royal House of Reuss, which reigned over sections of eastern Germany, was viewed as the group’s future leader, while another suspect, Ruediger v. P., was the head of the military arm, according to the office.
According to local media reports, the House of Reuss had already distanced itself from Heinrich, labelling him a misguided man who explored conspiracy theories. The house did not reply promptly to a request for comment.
Prosecutors claimed the raids were carried out by almost 3,000 police officers and security personnel from 11 German federal states. The office says that suspects were caught in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Hesse, Lower Saxony, Saxony, Thuringia, and Saxony, as well as in Austria and Italy.
According to the office, the suspects are suspected of planning to carry out activities based on their beliefs as early as November 2021. These measures include purchasing equipment, recruiting new members, and providing shooting training, according to the statement.
According to the agency, the recruiting attempts were largely aimed at military and police officials. The organisation was aware that their strategy would result in fatalities, according to the agency, and its members saw this as a “essential intermediate step” toward systemic transformation.
The group’s philosophy is similar to that of the far-rightReichsbuerger movement and QAnon conspiracy theorists, who all believe that Germany is overseen by a “Deep State,” the office. It did not identify the suspect gang.
Members of the Reichsbuerger (Reichscitizens) reject modern-day Germany as a legitimate state, insisting that the old, considerably bigger “Deutsche Reich” persists despite Nazi Germany’s defeat in World War Two.
In the run-up to Wednesday’s searches, the BAMAD claimed it had collaborated with prosecutors in their probe and provided material to the domestic intelligence agency and federal criminal investigators.
On Wednesday and Thursday, the suspects will appear before a judge at the Federal Court of Justice, who will issue the arrest warrants and decide on their pre-trial custody.