Germany: Lubcke murder suspect became right-wing extremist in 1980s says intel agency boss

The head of Germany's Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), Thomas Haldenwang, said that the man suspected of murdering CDU politician Walter Lubcke, «begun a career in right-wing extremism in the late 80s,» while speaking at a press conference in Berlin on Tuesday. The suspect has «since then has been part of the right wing extremist sphere, has conducted right extreme... Еще motivated crimes and therefore he has been on the radar of the intelligence services since this time frame,» Haldenwang added. German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer emphasised that «We have to take right wing extremism, we have to take anti-semitism very, very damned seriously.» «It is about an attack against all of us, against this liberal state. This is a new quality and some have already commented on it — it is about the protection of freedom,» Seehofer added. Lubcke, the head of the regional council in the central city of Kassel, was found lying on the terrace of his home in Istha on June 2, and announced dead two hours later. According to the autopsy, Lubcke was killed by a bullet shot at close range. The 65-year old had reportedly been receiving death threats, in a possible interrelation with his pro-migrant views. On Saturday, special police units arrested a 45-year-old man in relation to the killing in Kassel. The head of Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office, Holger Muench, confirmed that «The weapon used in the crime hasn't been found yet. No gun has been found during the investigation, therefore the investigation continues.»

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