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Alleged »Reich citizen« extradited by Italy – detention on remand


Authorities arrested dozens of suspects during the raid on the "Reichsbürger" scene in December - but one ex-officer was in Italy. Now the arrest warrant against him can be executed.

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Police officers during the raid on the »Reichsbürger« scene on December 7th

Photo: Carsten Koall / Getty Images

After the large-scale anti-terror raids against so-called Reich citizens in several federal states, Austria and Italy, the last main suspect is also in custody.

An investigating judge at the Federal Court of Justice already executed the arrest warrant against the ex-officer of a Bundeswehr special unit on Thursday, as a spokeswoman for the federal prosecutor said.

This morning, the Attorney General confirmed the execution of the arrest warrant.

The man is the former Bundeswehr soldier Maximilian Eder.

He is part of a group of 25 men and women – all Germans with the exception of one Russian – around the Frankfurt businessman Heinrich XIII.

Prince Reuss, who were arrested in early December.

Around 5,000 police officers were involved in the action.

This was the largest anti-terrorist operation in German criminal history.

The man from Bavaria, who has now been taken into custody, was in Italy at the time and had unsuccessfully defended himself in court against being extradited to Germany.

The federal prosecutor accuses 22 of those arrested of being members of a terrorist organization that wanted to overthrow the political system in Germany.

The other three are considered supporters.

In the process, the supreme prosecuting authority in Germany is now investigating against 30 other people.

It cannot be ruled out that more suspects will be added over time.

"Reich citizens" are people who do not recognize the Federal Republic and its democratic structures.

The Office for the Protection of the Constitution assigned around 23,000 people to the scene of "Reichsbürger" and "Selbstverwalter" in Germany in 2022, 2,000 more than in the previous year.


Source: spiegel

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