BERLIN (AP) – A Bavarian ex-police officer and his wife were temporarily detained and their home was searched as part of an investigation into death threats the far right made by email to left-wing lawmakers, German prosecutors reported Monday.
The 63-year-old former police officer and his 55-year-old wife were detained in the town of Landshut, prosecutors reported. Their names were not released in accordance with German privacy laws. The suspect is believed to have a criminal record for far-right issues, the dpa news agency reported.
The two are suspected of sending multiple emails to lawmakers and others, and were released after securing evidence from their home, dpa reported.
Prosecutors in Frankfurt did not immediately respond to a request for further details.
Several politicians from the opposition Left Party and others have received threatening emails signed as “NSU 2.0,” an alleged reference to the National Socialist Clandestinity, a neo-Nazi group that killed 10 people, most with immigrant roots, between 2000 and 2007.
The case has raised concerns from possible extremists within the police, after it was learned that data from a Left Party policy that received threats in Hesse, the state where Frankfurt is located, leaked from a police computer, causing the resignation of the state police chief a couple of weeks ago.