The German state police chief resigned Tuesday over a scandal involving left-wing lawmakers who received threatening e-mail after someone accessed his personal details on police computers.
The interior minister of the state of Hesse, a central region that includes Frankfurt, said police chief Udo Muench had asked for an early retirement. Muench was responsible for failures “which he did not have to answer for himself,” said minister Peter Beuth, German Press Agency (dpa) reported.
A prominent politician with the opposition Left Party, Janine Wissler, recently received a threatening letter signed “NSU 2.0.” That is a clear reference to the National Socialist Underground, a right-wing group that killed 10 people, mostly with immigrant roots, between 2000 and 2007. Turkish-German lawyer Seda Basay-Yıldız and comedian Idil Baydar also received death threats from neo. -Nazi group.
It appears that someone had asked for their personal details on the Hesse police computer before the e-mails were sent, but it was not clear who they were. The state government has appointed a special investigator to investigate this case.
In 2018, several threat messages signed by “NSU 2.0” were also sent to Frankfurt lawyers representing the victims’ families in the trial of the only surviving NSU member. Beuth said he could not rule out the possibility of right-wing extremist networks in the regional police.
The German public first learned of the existence of the NSU and its role in the killings in 2011, when two members – Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Bohnhardt – died after a failed bank robbery and police found weapons and extreme literature right in their apartment.
Until 2011, police and intelligence services ruled out racial motives for the killings and instead treated immigrant families as suspects.
While recent revelations show that German domestic intelligence agencies have dozens of informants who have contact with NSU suspects, officials insist that they have no prior information about NSU terror cells and their alleged role in the killings.