BKA: The State Prosecution of Rostock and the German Federal Crime Department announce: : Nationwide searches of operators of the right-wing internet forum "Thiazi.net"
Wiesbaden (BUSINESS WIRE) - On behalf of the prosecution Rostock lead officials of the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), with the support of the police forces of the countries and special forces of the federal police since the early morning hours in eleven states search measures against the operators of the right-wing extremist "Thiazi" Forum on suspicion of Education by a criminal organization.
The "Thiazi" forum is the most important German-language right-wing extremist Internet forum. The operators described the forum as "Germanic world net community" and understand it as "the largest and best known German-language forum of its kind", with well over a million posts Forum.
The focus of the searches of 24 apartments and offices are located in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Baden-Wuerttemberg. More raids are taking place in Lower Saxony, Bavaria, Brandenburg, Berlin, Saxony-Anhalt, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saxony, Rhineland-Palatinate and Thuringia. At the same time also an apartment in the UK will be searched.
Main suspect of the investigation is ongoing since 2009, a 30-year-old educator, and a 30-year-old housewife and mother who will be responsible for years of "Thiazi" forum.
The 26 defendants aged 22 to 64 years are suspicious of the whole of Germany to have more than 2,400 recordings and lyrics of more than 1,400 recordings available for download. In many of the lyrics to hatred against foreigners, Jews and people of color incited and called for violent attacks against them. Furthermore, these groups of people are being abused in an inhuman manner, denied the Holocaust and the Nazi glorified violence and arbitrary rule. Relevant content can be found in other areas of the forum.
Four suspects were arrested on the basis of arrest warrants. It was seized numerous computers, laptops, disks and documents written and enforced detention decisions. The investigation is ongoing.
BKA President Joerg Ziercke. "Judge with the current measures, the law enforcement authorities a clear message to the operators of similar online forums, we show that we are following the spread of right-wing and xenophobic ideas and the glorification of Nazism consistently, the Internet is not above the law. - rather, we have accelerated our efforts to combat xenophobia on the Internet further enhanced. "