According to “Stern,” hundreds of state officials are being investigated on suspicion of holding far-right views. The danger is greater than ever.

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Connections to the right: hundreds of state police officers are currently under investigation Photo: Marijan Murat/dpa

HAMBURG dpe/dpa | According to a media report, disciplinary proceedings or investigations are currently being carried out against at least 400 police officers in the federal states on suspicion of holding far-right views or representing conspiracy ideologies. Magazine star and RTL are based on information from the 16 federal state ministries of the interior.

The real figure is probably much higher, as Berlin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Bremen and Thuringia could not have provided the current figures, reports star and RTL on Thursday.

This was stated by the Minister of the Interior of North Rhine-Westphalia, Herbert Reul. star: “Police officers who do not abide by the Constitution but hold extremist views are a great danger to democracy and the rule of law.” He did not want these people in the police, said the CDU politician.

The magazine quotes Bundestag Police Commissioner Uli Grötsch (SPD) as saying: “We live in a time when right-wing extremists are deliberately trying to destabilize the police.” The danger is greater than ever. Investigations into possible extremists in the ranks of federal and state security authorities have been ongoing for years. The Federal Ministry of the Interior had already published a situation report on the matter in 2022. At that time it became known that 327 employees had come to attention in three years due to demonstrable connections with right-wing extremism or the Reich Citizens scene. .

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