İrem UZUN -TDO- German federal prosecutors have charged 12 alleged far-right conspirators suspected of planning ‘terrorist attacks’ on politicians, asylum-seekers and Muslims, security service sources told AFP on Thursday. Eleven of the men, arrested in country-wide raids in February, stand accused of membership of a terrorist organization and weapons law violations. The 12th has been charged with supporting a terrorist group.
The four prime suspects planned to spark "a civil-war-like situation... via as yet undefined attacks on politicians, asylum seekers and people of Muslim faith," federal prosecutors said in February. The suspects are believed to have founded a "right-wing terrorist organization" with the goal of "destabilizing and ultimately overthrowing" Germany's democratic order. A further eight suspects were alleged to have agreed to "financially support the group, provide it with weapons or take part in future attacks".
According to media reports earlier this year, the group planned to use semiautomatic weapons to mirror attacks in Christchurch in March 2019 in New Zealand in which 51 people were killed at two mosques. To plan their attacks, the group allegedly held regular meetings which were coordinated and organized by two of the main suspects.
Right-wing terror groups have drawn the attention of authorities after the 2019 murder of conservative local politician Walter Lübcke and an attack on a synagogue in eastern city of Halle in October last year. Both cases were linked to the extreme right. In December, 600 new posts were announced targeting far-right extremist threats. Federal police said at the time that they had identified 48 extreme-right people who could carry out an attack.