Hesse’s constitutional protection agency intensifies checks on right-wing extremists

Hesse's constitutional protection agency intensifies checks on right-wing extremists

Hesse’s constitutional protection officers will in future look more closely at people with extremist pasts before their data has to be deleted for legal reasons. This was announced by interior minister peter beuth (CDU) in wiesbaden.

A new group of evaluators has been set up at the state constitutional protection agency for this task, a ministry spokesman said on monday. Beuth had said in an interview with the "welt am sonntag": "anyone with an extremist past who is now considered reintegrated will be checked again."

Entries about certain people in the constitutional protection must be deleted after the expiry of legal deadlines, so that a radical past does not hang on people forever. This happens however only if the person is considered as "abgekuhlt" – thus several years no more became noticeable.

The murder of CDU politician walter lubcke in kassel in june triggered a debate about right-wing extremists who do not attract attention for years and disappear from the radar of the authorities. Federal attorney general assumes right-wing extremist background to murder. The 45-year-old stephan E. Had confessed to the crime and then recanted his confession.

Stephan E. Was on file with the constitutional protection agency. However, he was no longer under special observation, as he had not attracted attention as an extremist in the past few years. The fact that there is still a file on him is connected to a moratorium on looting in connection with the series of murders by the "national socialist underground" (NSU).

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