Crime: "prolific writers" trigger bombing in several courts

  • District courts in several federal states were evicted on Friday because of bomb threats.
  • According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the sender of the "National Socialist offensive" has often met the federal and state authorities.
  • According to this, it is one or more persons who, as "prolific writers, have repeatedly made threats to various institutions".

Several German courts have received bomb threats from an alleged "National Socialist offensive". The e-mails were part of a series of threats that resulted in temporary clearance of justice buildings in several cities on Friday. The police used explosives dogs, but found nothing suspicious. The backgrounds were initially unclear.

According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the sender of the "National Socialist offensive" has often met the federal and state authorities. According to them, it is one or more "prolific writers" who have repeated and threatened threats against various institutions.

For Kiel, Hamburg, Saarbrücken and Erfurt, the authorities confirmed that the threats had been signed with "National Socialist offensive". An assessment of how real a right-wing extremist background could be, according to the Kiel police, so far not possible. A spokeswoman for the Thuringian State Criminal Police Office said it was still unclear whether the crime had a political background. "We identify in all directions."

Federal Minister of Justice Katarina Barley condemned the bomb threats as an attack on the judiciary and the democratic community. "Those who threaten courts are attacking the independent judiciary and our democratic community," Barley said dpa. "These crimes must be cleared up with all vigor and the perpetrators are held accountable."

Eight tracking dogs were in use in Wiesbaden

Affected were justice buildings in Kiel, Potsdam, Magdeburg, Erfurt, Saarbrücken, Wiesbaden and Hamburg. Everywhere the authorities gave the all-clear after checks. In Hamburg, the courthouse had to be cleared according to the police. There and in Schleswig-Holstein determines the state protection.

In Potsdam, unknown to police on Thursday night shortly after 21 clock in an e-mail to the Justice Center threatened to detonate there on Friday, an explosive device. A police spokesman said that about the same time the threats were received in the other cities. The letters were according to first findings identical. Whether this also applies to the signing, the spokesman left open.

Hesse Justice Minister Eva Kühne-Hörmann (CDU) said that a connection between the threat against the Wiesbaden justice center and the letters in other cities could not be ruled out.

In Wiesbaden around 600 employees had to leave the Justice Center at times, eight detection dogs were in use. In Potsdam, around 200 people were brought from the Justice Center. At the Erfurt district court, the work could be resumed in the morning, as a police spokeswoman said. Also in the regional court Saarbruecken no dangerous object was found. "Now the operation is back to normal," said a spokeswoman.

In recent weeks, bomb threats at other regional courts in Schleswig-Holstein had already employed the task force. None of the incidents found suspicious items.