Status: 25/09/2023, 16:47 p.m.
By: Jens Kiffmeier
Publicly searches for left-wing extremist Johann G.: Federal Prosecutor General Peter Frank. © SPM-GRuppe/dpa/Uli Deck/Montage
His girlfriend Lina E. is in jail, now he is wanted: The Federal Prosecutor General is looking for left-wing extremist and neo-Nazi hunter Johann G. – by bounty.
Leipzig – A hefty reward beckons for clues: Federal Prosecutor General Peter Frank has now stepped up his efforts in the search for left-wing extremist Johann G. The 30-year-old G. is the head of the so-called "Hammerbande" and is considered one of the most wanted left-wing extremists in Germany.
"The accused is strongly suspected of having participated in several politically motivated physical assaults as a member of a criminal organization. Some of the victims suffered significant injuries," said the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) together with the State Criminal Police Office of Saxony and the Federal Prosecutor General on Monday (25 September). A bounty of 10,000 euros was put on his head.
Left-wing extremist hammer gang: BKA hunts after trial boyfriend of Lina E. with 10,000 euros bounty
Johann G. has been in hiding since 2020. According to the Federal Prosecutor's Office, he is said to be one of the "central actors" of the so-called "hammer gang". The left-wing extremist group is accused of having targeted neo-Nazis since 2018. They got their name because they beat the victims with hammers during their attacks. Also present was Lina E., who, together with three other members of the group, had been sentenced to several years in prison by the Dresden Higher Regional Court in May. Lina E., whose conviction had triggered mass protests by the left-wing extremist scene, and Johann G. are said to have once been engaged, according to various media reports.
Hunt for neo-Nazis: Federal Prosecutor General accuses Johann G. of several allegations
Johann G. has already been convicted of breach of the peace. Now the Federal Prosecutor General is accusing the 30-year-old left-wing extremist of further crimes. Among other things, he is said to have been present at a robbery in Budapest. At least eight German suspected neo-Nazis are said to have been injured with kicks, manslaughter and irritant gas, some of them seriously. In addition, Johann G. is also accused of involvement in a raid on a neo-Nazi pub. Saxon investigators are said to have recognized him video images.
Investigators believe that the group meticulously prepared for the raids and actions. The hammer gang usually acts in small groups so as not to attract attention, it said. Johann G. is said to be 1.71 meters tall and have a strong, athletic figure. However, there are no current photos of the man. The most striking feature, it was said, was the tattoo on his hands. For example, he had the word "Hate" immortalized on the finger of one hand and "Cops" on the fingers of the other hand. (jkf)