In Hesse, a Special investigator after threatening emails and Pointing to a right network in the police started his work. The 54-year-old Hanspeter Mener is supposed to lead the investigation into the "NSU 2.0"-threatening e-mails lead, said Interior Minister Peter Beuth (CDU) in Wiesbaden on Friday. The demands for a complete clarification of the events are increasing nationwide.
The Hessian Left-wing parliamentary group leader Janine Wissler had most recently received threatening e-mails marked "NSU 2.0" are signed. After the reports of a first threatening letter, another mail had been sent to the politician, as her faction in the Wiesbaden state parliament confirmed on Wednesday evening. Wissler had after the first mails of a Death threat spoken.
Also the leader of the parliamentary group of the Left Party in the Berlin House of Representatives, Anne Helm, has been threatened with death by mail. A mail with a kind of "death sentence" had arrived on her private account last weekend, Helm told several media on Friday, after first the "Tageszeitung" (taz) had reported. The letter was also signed "NSU 2".0". Also the Thuringian member of the Bundestag Martina Renner received such a threatening e-mail, as she told the "taz".
The same "NSU 2.0" signature also bore several threatening letters addressed to Frankfurt lawyer Seda Basay-Yildiz in 2008. Basay-Yildiz had represented victims' families as a joint plaintiff in the Munich trial of the murders of the "National Socialist Underground" (NSU).
Both in the case of Wissler and in that of Bassay-Yildiz, personal data of the women were obtained before the mails were sent by Hessian police computers queried. The state chairman of the police union (GdP), Andreas Grun, stressed that there was no evidence of a Hesse-wide right-wing network within the police force. However, these incidents would very dark shadow on the entire police in Hessen throw.
Hessian Interior Minister does not rule out right-wing network in police force
According to the "Frankfurter Rundschau", in February data had been Police computer in Wiesbaden Wissler's private data was requested. Shortly thereafter, Wissler received the first two with "NSU 2.0" signed letters with insults and threats, which contained just such personal data, which are not publicly accessible.
Hesse's Interior Minister Peter Beuth (CDU) now no longer rules out the possibility that there could be a right-wing network in the Hessian police force. The recent events nourished this suspicion, said Beuth on Thursday. "I expect the Hessian police to leave no stone unturned to refute this suspicion."Beuth now wants to appoint a special investigator who will report directly to the state police chief.
He accuses above all the State Office of Criminal Investigation (LKA) in the case Wissler serious omissions before. He only learned on Wednesday that Wissler's data had also been retrieved from a police computer, the minister said on Thursday.
The LKA had questioned a police officer about it, but had not passed on this information. This is completely unacceptable. The Policeman was questioned as a witness, not as a suspect, according to Beuth.
Janine Wissler is mentioned in "NSU 2.0""-threatening mails insulted
On the weekend, the Hessian Ministry of the Interior and the Frankfurt public prosecutor's office had not yet wanted to comment on the case for investigative tactical reasons, writes the "Rundschau". A spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior said that the investigation was being carried out at full speed.
On Monday – when two of the mails were known – the Frankfurt public prosecutor's office had also announced that the investigation was in full swing. They are now part of the overall proceedings in connection with the "NSU 2.0" complex.
Janine Wissler had confirmed the first report of the "Frankfurter Rundschau" about the threatening letters and told the Deutsche Presse-Agentur: "It was a clear threat against my life."
According to the "Frankfurter Rundschau", Wissler was insulted in the first two threatening letters. She was also threatened with "Day X", when she would not be protected by the police. According to the newspaper, the mails are peppered with the Nazi greetings "Sieg Heil" and "Heil Hitler".
According to "Rundschau", the sender underlined his threat by using personal data of Wissler, which is not publicly available.
Lawyer Seda Basay-Yildiz was also threatened
There are thus striking similarities to the case of the Frankfurt lawyer Seda Basay-Yildiz, who represented joint plaintiffs from the families of the victims of the right-wing extremist murder series in the NSU trial. For example, since the summer of 2018, she too had repeatedly been involved with "NSU 2.0" received signed threatening letters in which she and her relatives were threatened with death.
During the investigation, it turned out that the lawyer's personal data had been taken from a computer in the office of the 1. Police department in Frankfurt had been called up. Also a Chat group of several officials with suspected right-wing extremist content was discovered.
Hessian state parliament shows solidarity with Wissler
Hessian state politicians reacted with horror to the threatening emails sent to Wissler. Threats are abhorrent and disgusting, says statement by CDU, SPD, Greens and FDP. "Whoever threatens deputies with death is attacking us all."
Also the federal party leader of the Left Party, Bernd Riexinger, Expressed horror and called for a consistent investigation and prosecution of such acts in right-wing networks. The state association announced that it would step up its fight against the right-wing extremists.
Green Party leader Annalena Baerbock demanded that independent scientists investigate anti-vaccination tendencies among security authorities. It is not about a general suspicion, the vast majority of employees are "without any question verfangsstreu", Baerbock told the Deutsche Presse-Agentur.
But if there is always right-wing extremism in security agencies that have access to weapons and sensitive data, these machinations must be uncovered, analyzed and consistently punished.
Only in May it became known that two members of the Bundestag had received threatening letters in the right-wing extremist style from the so-called "coup orchestra". The death threats were directed at politicians, prosecutors and journalists.