Berlin (dpa) - In the ministry of the interior of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, from the point of view of members of the Bundestag, considerable clean-up work is still necessary even after the head of the Constitutional Protection Office, Reinhard Müller, has left.

Interior Minister Torsten Renz (CDU) had "checked off the case a little prematurely," said Benjamin Strasser, the FDP chairman in the Bundestag's committee of inquiry into the terrorist attack on Berlin's Breitscheidplatz, on Thursday in Berlin.

The state parliament in Schwerin should think about doing educational work here in the interior committee or through an investigative committee.

Renz, the head of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, had put into temporary retirement on January 13th.

The move was justified with findings from the Bundestag's committee of inquiry.

Müller had admitted that his department had not passed an undercover statement on possible contacts of the Islamist terrorist Anis Amri in the Berlin clan milieu at the beginning of 2017 to the investigators.

The information was classified as not credible.

This decision was not only wrong, but also illegal, said Martina Renner (left).

Renz was sworn in in November as the successor to the long-time Minister of the Interior, Lorenz Caffier (CDU).

Caffier, who is a hunter, resigned after criticizing a weapon purchase.

There were references to right-wing extremist ideas about the arms dealer.


Amri shot a truck driver on December 19, 2016.

With his vehicle he raced through the Christmas market at the Gedächtniskirche, where another eleven people died.

The rejected asylum seeker from Tunisia had already been noticed by the authorities as an Islamist threat.

After the attack, he fled to Italy, where he was shot by the police.

The committee of inquiry has the task of clearing up government errors related to the attack.

The MPs want to know from Caffier, who was to be questioned as a witness in the early evening, what he knew about the notice sunk by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution and about a fake weapon purchase by the department.

Renz has set up a commission of experts to review the work processes in the state's protection of the constitution.

She is due to present her results in mid-May.

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Press release Ministry of the Interior from January 13, 21