In the affair of right-wing extremist threatening emails, Hesse's interior minister Peter Beuth called for quick clarification. "For me it is now a matter of resolutely carrying out the investigations into the individual threats," said the CDU politician in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) . It was imperative that the Hessian police could go back to their real task: protecting citizens and persecuting criminals.
The threatening emails to the leader of the Left in the Hessian parliament, Janine Wissler, had the signature "NSU 2.0". Before Wissler received the letters, her personal data had been requested via a Hessian police computer. The query already took place in February. Because of the affair, Hesse's police chief Udo Münch resigned on Tuesday.
The Frankfurt lawyer Seda Basay-Yildiz, who had represented victim families in the Munich trial over the murders of the NSU, and the cabaret artist Idil Baydar also received threatening emails. In both cases, data requests were made via police computers. The Baydar query had already taken place in March 2019, Beuth told the FAZ . According to the current status, his ministry had "at least not been properly informed". Whether a transmission was made at the moment is still being examined. Obviously, however, the "necessary sensitivity" was missing.
Beuth again criticized the State Criminal Police Office in the interview. The information on the request of Wissler's personal data from a police computer was only passed on in writing to the President of the State Police last week, "although the employees of my ministerial office and I continuously requested information regarding this extremely important investigation at the LKA".
The Hamburg police researcher Rafael Behr described the resignation of the Hessian state police chief Udo Münch as "a political matter", "which does not improve the matter". In addition to the issue of right-wing extremism in the police force, it is also about the cooperation between police officers, said Behr, who at the Hamburg Police Academy researches, among other things, the organizational culture of the police force. "In any case, it is now becoming clear that there is not only a code of silence in the cop culture , but also in the police top culture ."
In addition to Wissler, other left-wing politicians received threatening letters. The faction leaders of the party in the Bundestag, Amira Mohamed Ali and Dietmar Bartsch, said on Tuesday that they knew of four politicians who were on "enemy or death lists of right-wing fanatics or right-wing networks": Wissler, the group leader in the Berlin House of Representatives Anne Helm , the member of the Bundestag and deputy party chairwoman Martina Renner and the member of the Bundestag Helin Evrim Sommer.
Misogynistic aspects also seem to play a role in the letters: Helm told Deutschlandfunk that the emails sent to her contained "a number of sexist insults, the last of which also included rape fantasies".
"We have a structural problem"
Wissler said on Tuesday evening in the ZDF's journal today that it is not about exchanging people. "We obviously have a structural problem." It must stop trivializing and ignoring. "These structures need to be cleared up and combated," she said.
SPD leader Saskia Esken also calls for more determined action against right-wing extremism in the police force. "In recent months, there have been increasing numbers of right-wing extremists and violent perpetrators and networks among the security authorities," she told the newspapers of the Funke media group. "It must be an alarm signal for politicians to finally act consistently." The suspected cases of the Hessian police should also make it clear to the politically responsible "that these are not regrettable individual cases," emphasized Esken.