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Federal Criminal Police Office: Authorities prevented seven attacks in Germany

2019-10-23T06:09:34.692Z

An assassination attempt like Anis Amri's attack on Breitscheidplatz would not be possible today, says BKA chief Münch. There were three weaknesses back then.



According to the head of the Federal Criminal Police Office, Holger Münch, the authorities in Germany have prevented seven attacks since the assassination of Berlin's Breitscheidplatz. Today an act like that of Anis Amri can not happen anymore, he told the Rheinische Post .

There were three major weaknesses back then. "First, the lawsuit against the perpetrator Anis Amri was not rigorously pursued, and that would not happen today," Münch said. Second, the criminal proceedings against Amri have not been brought together in the various Länder. And thirdly, today we consistently pursue a people-oriented approach. So do not just look at the concrete risk situation, but also at the person and their dangerousness. "In 2016, there was evidence of a possible attack by Amri with rapid-fire guns.This suspicion was not substantiated.Today not only this matter, but the person Amri would be more focused," said the BKA chief.

The number of Islamist perpetrators has increased more than fivefold since 2013 - to today about 680, said Münch.

Right-wing threats in the network described Münch as "endangering democracy". At the same time he announced a "center for hate crime in the network". "We need to do more to tackle hate crime online, and the internet sometimes seems like the last bastion of the Wild West," he told the newspaper. "If threats from the right also mean that local politicians no longer compete in elections and volunteers withdraw from their commitment, then this is also harmful to democracy."

Right-wing extremism - BKA leader Holger Münch worried about extreme right-wing threats In Thuringia, several politicians have received death threats. The head of the Federal Criminal Police Office advises in dealing with restraint, so as not to provoke imitators. © Photo: Bernd von Jutrczenka / dpa

Therefore, the BKA wanted to strengthen the one hand, the Internet monitoring, so quasi more patrol in the network. On the other hand, a central office for hate crime should be set up in the network, announced Münch. "Providers should be able to report posts with criminal content that they are already deleting today." Münch said that the authorities wanted to act against hate in the network in a similar way as against child pornography. "Our idea is to translate this pattern of cooperation between justice and police in the federal and state governments into the catalog of hate crimes in the network, which means that the criminal records are not only deleted but also prosecuted."

Source: zeit

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