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Germany sacks navy counter-intelligence chief overseeing investigation into troopers’ suspected ties to neo-Nazi teams

Germany sacks military counter-intelligence chief overseeing investigation into soldiers’ suspected ties to neo-Nazi groups


The top of Germany’s navy counter-intelligence service has been dismissed amid a sweeping probe into a whole bunch of troopers for suspected hyperlinks to far-right extremism, the navy’s newest effort to overtake the company.

Christof Gramm will go into early retirement subsequent month after main the intelligence group – identified by its acronym, “MAD” – for some 5 years, the German Protection Ministry introduced on Thursday, including {that a} successor could be “determined shortly.”

The transfer comes as the newest shake-up at MAD, which has come underneath fireplace in current months over its dealing with of investigations into greater than 500 troopers for suspected right-wing radicalism, some even thought to belong to neo-Nazi teams. 

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In Might, investigators uncovered a trove of Nazi memorabilia and a big cache of stolen explosives and ammunition on the property of a commander of an elite particular forces unit, the KSK. Lately, some 48,000 rounds of ammunition and 137 kilos (62 kilograms) of explosives have disappeared from the unit, solely a portion of which has been recovered. One month after the invention, an worker at MAD was suspended for passing paperwork associated to the continuing KSK investigation to a member of the unit, triggering a separate probe.

Whereas Protection Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer ordered one of many KSK’s 4 corporations disbanded in July – with 20 of its members suspected of hyperlinks to far-right ideology – she rebuked MAD’s work in rooting out extremists as “not passable” and “nonetheless not sufficient” after the newest scandal.

Although the Protection Ministry’s assertion saying the intelligence chief’s departure hailed Gramm’s efforts to rein in extremism within the armed forces, it mentioned the initiative would require “extra effort and momentum” going ahead, calling for a “renewal of group” inside MAD. The ministry additionally famous Gramm had been launched from his job “together with his consent,” nonetheless a report in Der Spiegel steered the transfer was carried out primarily on the urging of the protection minister.

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The navy shouldn’t be the one German safety company thought to harbor extremists amongst its ranks. Earlier this month, 29 cops within the state of North Rhine-Westphalia have been suspended after they have been accused of sharing neo-Nazi content material on-line, reportedly posting pictures of Adolf Hitler and refugees in fuel chambers, amongst different issues. Although Inside Minister Horst Seehofer declined to launch a brand new investigation into German police, he mentioned a report inspecting racism in public establishments could be printed on the finish of September. 

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