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Stuttgart: Series of threatening letters and arson attacks: indictments against left-wing extremists


STUTTGART. The Stuttgart public prosecutor has brought charges against two suspected left-wing extremists. The 39-year-old man and a woman of the same age are said to have sent numerous threatening letters against politicians and committed an arson attack, the prosecution announced on Tuesday, according to the news agencies dpa and AFP.

They are each accused of attempted coercion and attempted arson. The two are also said to have carried out an ultimately unsuccessful arson attack on a building of the Federal Employment Agency in Nuremberg. The suspects have been in custody since their arrest in October. The Stuttgart Regional Court must now make a decision.

The threatening letters were reportedly sent in five waves between December 2019 and October 2020 to politicians, authorities, ministries and transport associations. They are said to have enclosed blank cartridges, matches or knives with the letters. Accordingly, the letters were marked with "MIlitantE ZellE (MIEZE) - united in the collective of revolutionary action cells (RAZ)".

Planned attack on Clemens Tönnies' private house
In addition to the attempted attack in August 2020 on the Federal Employment Agency, the two accused are also said to have planned an arson attack on the private home of the meat contractor Clemens Tönnies in Rheda-Wiedenbrück in North Rhine-Westphalia. They are said to have set an incendiary device on a property, but did not ignite it because they did not get to the house.

Investigators had found the suspects through video recordings at a crime scene and DNA traces from threatening letters and crime scenes. The duo lived in Stuttgart, among other places, but recently had no permanent residence. The Federal Public Prosecutor's Office had in the meantime assumed responsibility because the investigators assumed that the RAZ was a terrorist organization. However, at least three people are required for this. Shortly before the arrests, the investigation was submitted to the Stuttgart public prosecutor.

Source: Junge Freiheit

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