Thursday, January 28, 2016

Germany: Police raid homes of neo-Nazi website founders

Via The Local:
German police raided addresses across the country on Wednesday morning, as they moved to shut down a neo-Nazi internet site.

In coordinated raids, law enforcement hit addresses in Berlin, Thuringia, Baden-Württemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia believed to be connected to the internet platform Altermedia, several German media outlets are reporting.

Prosecutors in Karlsruhe are investigating the people behind the website on suspicion of forming a criminal network.

The group’s sole purpose in forming was to incite racial hatred, an offence under German federal law, prosecutors say.

Two leaders of the group were arrested in the raids and the properties of other members were searched by officers from the Federal Office of Investigations (BKA).

According to prosecutors the two arrested individuals, a 47-year.-old woman and a 27-year-old man, ran the website along with three other people.

The website calls for violence against immigrants and denies the Holocaust, prosecutors argue.

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