Wednesday 26 July 2017

Germany arrests second soldier in alleged far-right assassination plot

Franco A was arrested at the end of April while absent from his barracks as he posed as an asylum-seeker in Germany
Franco A was arrested at the end of April while absent from his barracks as he posed as an asylum-seeker in Germany

A second German soldier has been arrested on allegations he was part of a far-right plot to assassinate prominent political figures and blame the attack on refugees.

The federal prosecutor's spokeswoman Frauke Koehler said 27-year-old Maximilian T was arrested in the south-western city of Kehl on Tuesday on charges of preparing an act of violence.

Der Spiegel magazine said T, whose last name was not given in line with privacy laws, was a Bundeswehr soldier stationed at the same Franco-German brigade in Illkirch, just across the border from Kehl, with Lieutenant Franco A.

Ms Koehler could not be reached for further comment, but said in her statement that T covered for A, who was arrested at the end of April while absent from his barracks as he posed as an asylum-seeker in Germany.

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