In the case of the alleged right-wing extremist series of attacks in the Berlin district of Neuköllnwill, the Berlin Senator for the Interior Andreas Geisel (SPD) deployed special investigators. As Geisel told the taz , the so-called BAO Focus should submit its final report to the Interior Committee by mid-September at the latest. "In the next step, I will appoint a commission with two or three members," said Geisel.
There were errors in the investigation into the series of attacks in Neukölln. "I would have liked the management of the LKA to have been informed. The investigative authorities have assessed the explosiveness differently than we did today," said Geisel.
The district mayor of Berlin-Neukölln, Martin Hikel (SPD), demanded that the federal prosecutor should take over the investigation. "The Federal Prosecutor General had to intervene in the investigation into right-wing terror in Neukölln," said Hikel to the newspapers of the editorial network in Germany. "The neo-Nazis are very well networked, and this networking power does not stop at the city limits - the Federal Prosecutor General could bring light into darkness here, and those affected also demand that". The Federal Prosecutor's Office undertakes investigations if it is to be suspected that the foundations of the Federal Republic of Germany could be affected by the crime, e.g. if there is suspicion of terrorism.
Suspicion of bias against public prosecutor
For years, people in Neukölln who are committed to refugees and against racism, anti-Semitism and right-wing extremism have been threatened. Their cars went up in flames or stones were pelted at their windows. The suspicion fell on right-wing extremists. However, the investigations have so far hardly produced any results. At the end of 2019, police chief Barbara Slowik had admitted errors in police work.
Most recently, the Berlin Public Prosecutor's Office took over the investigation into the series of attacks - on suspicion that a public prosecutor might sympathize with the AfD. According to the authorities, two suspects from the right-wing extremist scene said about the man that he was close to the party.
Data protection officer criticizes the police
In the series of attacks, according to a report by Tagesspiegel, police officers apparently called up data from victims in databases without permission. The data protection officer of the state of Berlin, Maja Smoltczyk, criticized that the police refused to clarify questionable queries in police databases. These are queries from two victims, on whose houses neo-Nazis allegedly wrote "9mm for (...) headshot".
The police did not comply with the request to make the remaining calls traceable, despite "multiple reminders". The police justified the refusal to provide information with "procedural rights" of the officials concerned, writes the data protection officer. According to Tagesspiegel information, the calls should have come directly from the State Criminal Police Office (LKA).