German ‘far-right group that has hoarded weapons and axes’ is on trial for ‘plot to attack Muslims to cause unrest and overthrow the government’
- Twelve members of the alleged extreme right-wing terrorist organization ‘Group S’ are on trial in Germany
- Group accused of planning a series of attacks to overthrow the government
- Targets included Muslims, Jews and left-wing politicians, prosecutors claim
- The group is accused of hoarding weapons, axes and swords to use in the attacks
Twelve people have been tried in Germany for a far-right terror plot to overthrow the government by carrying out attacks on politicians, Muslims and asylum seekers.
Eleven defendants are accused of founding or belonging to ‘Group S’, which prosecutors say was a far-right terrorist group, and of plotting the attacks.
Another defendant is accused of supporting the group, while a 13th defendant died in custody of a suspected suicide last year.
The group is accused of hoarding weapons such as rifles, axes and swords that would be used in attacks from March last year, a month after they were arrested.
Twelve members of an alleged far-right terrorist organization called Group S have been tried in Germany and charged with conspiring to overthrow the government
Prosecutors say the group intended to target Muslims, Jews and left-wing politicians in hopes of creating “civil war” conditions that would overthrow the state.
Prosecutors say the goal was to create anarchy and civil war-like conditions that the group hoped would lead to the overthrow of the German government.
Their intended targets, including two green MPs who are in favor of migration, according to the German news site SWR
Mosques, Jews and other asylum seekers would also be targeted.
At one point, a member of the group bragged in a chat message that they could gather 2500 armed people at any time, Mirror reported.
The group was founded in September 2019 in a popular barbecue spot in the small southern municipality of Alfdorf, prosecutors say.
The accused two men – identified only as Werner S and Tony E – of leading attempts to found the group, along with six other initial members.
Prosecutors say the group eventually expanded to include people in the city of Minden and in Berlin.
An armed police officer stands guard at the courthouse in Stuttgart where alleged right-wing terrorists were on trial today
The men communicated largely over the phone and through messaging apps to plan their attacks, but also met several times, prosecutors said.
But the plan was broken after a group member turned informant, and police came in to arrest the group.
Much of the evidence to be presented at trial was handed over to the authorities by that person.
The court was told that the informant is now on witness protection after Werner S allegedly tried to hire a hitman to kill them while in custody.
The trial before the regional court in the southwestern city of Stuttgart is expected to take several months.