The Hessian police chief Udo Münch has resigned. He thus draws the consequences of the affair of extreme right-wing threatening letters against politicians and public figures. Minister of the Interior Peter Beuth confirmed at a press conference that he had accepted Münch's request for a temporary retirement. Münch did not pass on information on the illegal request of data from police computers to the interior minister.
The Rhein Main Publishing Group (VRM) had previously reported that Münch had been informed at an early stage that threatening emails to left-wing politician Janine Wissler could be related to a query on a police computer. He accused himself of not having passed on this information, the report said. The computer from which the unauthorized query should have originated was in a police station in Wiesbaden, it said. Which police officer queried Wissler's data is unclear.
In addition to Wissler, Frankfurt lawyer Seda Başay-Yıldız also received right-wing extremist threatening letters. Interior Minister Beuth also confirmed a third case at the press conference without mentioning a name. The Frankfurter Rundschau had previously reported that it was the Berlin cabaret artist İdil Baydar. Accordingly, her personal data were also retrieved from a Hessian police computer. Baydar has been under threat since March 2019. The spokeswoman for the public prosecutor's office in Frankfurt am Main, Nadja Niesen, told the newspaper that the respective threatening emails showed "similarities in structure and wording".
Interior Minister Beuth said last Thursday that he had only learned of the data query the day before. A little later he commissioned the director of the crime directorate at the Frankfurt police headquarters, Hanspeter Mener, to carry out the investigation.