A German man has been jailed for almost six years for sending threatening letters to politicians with neo-Nazi initials.
The suspect — recognized solely as Alexander M. — had despatched dozens of nameless messages through e-mail, fax, and textual content to people throughout Germany and Austria.
Prosecutors say the 54-year-old focused politicians, legal professionals, and journalists between August 2018 and March 2021. A number of the threatening messages had been addressed to members of the Bundestag, the regional parliament of Hesse, and human rights activists.
He signed the threats with the letters “NSU 2.0” — a reference to the neo-Nazi “Nationwide Socialist Underground” group.
The NSU was chargeable for a string of violent crimes in Germany between 1998 and 2011, together with the racially motivated killings of 9 males with immigrant backgrounds and a police officer.
Alexander M. denied sending the letters and claimed that he was solely a member of a “darkish internet” chat discussion board.
However the court docket in Frankfurt discovered him responsible of plenty of offences, together with inciting crime, inciting hatred, disturbing the peace, issuing threats, and assaulting a legislation enforcement officer.
He was handed a jail sentence of 5 years and 10 months, in response to the DPA information company.
The case comes as German safety companies have been warning of the rising risk of violent far-right extremism.
Germany’s home intelligence service says that the variety of energetic right-wing extremists within the nation has risen to 33,900.
In June 2019, pro-migrant conservative politician Walter Lübcke was murdered at his house by a right-wing extremist. Two current shootings — Halle in 2019 and Hanau in 2010 — have additionally been linked to far-right terrorism.