German Police Arrest Public Figure Hate Mail Suspect

German police have arrested a man for allegedly sending hate mails to public figures such as politicians, journalists, and lawyers.

The 53-year-old has been accused of sending threats to leftist national and regional politicians and a Turkish-German lawyer who represented victims of far-right crimes.

The officials said on Tuesday that the letter contained “hate and threat” messages and with a signed acronym of a neo-Nazi group.

It also said that suspect signed his letters with the acronym “NSU 2.0.”

National Socialist Underground (NSU) group was blamed for the killings of eight Turks, a Greek, and a German policewoman between 2000 and 2007.

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said that the offenses in Germany committed by far-right supporters hit a record high.

“These numbers are very alarming mainly because a trend has been established over the last few years,” he said. 

“During the pandemic, we observed a further polarization of the political discussion,” he added.

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