Weapons found in former terrorist Klette’s house

Weapons, including a hand grenade, were found in the Berlin flat of former RAF terrorist Daniela Klette on Wednesday. This was confirmed this evening by a spokesman for the Criminal Police Office of the State of Lower Saxony. Berlin newspaper “Der Tagesspiegel” had previously reported on the weapons discovery. A spokesman for the LKA in Hanover said that the evacuation of the residential building in the Kreuzberg district had nothing to do with this weapons discovery.

According to the responsible Lower Saxony prosecutor’s office in Verden, the search for former RAF members Ernst-Volker Staub (69) and Burkhard Garweg (55) was also ongoing. But a man who was temporarily detained in Berlin is now free again. “There is no doubt that he is not one of the two criminals still at large,” the Lower Saxony State Criminal Police Office in Hanover said in a statement on Wednesday.

The man was released after police intervention. LKA President Friedo de Vries announced on Tuesday that the man was “in the sought-after age group”. A Ministry of Internal Affairs spokesman did not provide any information about the context of his arrest.

Klette is in custody for several robberies. According to LKA, he was living in an apartment in Berlin with a fake ID. According to a neighbor, her first name was Claudia. According to a spokesman for the authority, the arrest warrant for Klette, obtained years ago by the German Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Karlsruhe, is still in force. Klette is being investigated for causing an explosive device to explode and attempted murder in crimes dating back to the early 1990s.

Meanwhile, it was learned that the apartment building in Berlin-Kreuzberg, where former suspected RAF terrorist Klette lived, was evacuated on Wednesday due to a possible danger. All residents had to leave their homes in the afternoon and then take to the streets.

There was initially no official reason but a police crime scene investigator said: “Because we found something dangerous.” Police forensic scientists also had to leave the house on Sebastianstrasse. After police removed a grenade in the evening, another possibly dangerous object would also be removed that night and other objects would be examined. Berlin police did not say what type of dangerous object it was. Wrote only on Portal

Klette is particularly accused of carrying out an explosive attack on the under-construction Weiterstadt prison in March 1993, together with the still wanted RAF terrorists Ernst-Volker Staub and Burkhard Garweg. The explosion caused damage to the building amounting to approximately 123 million Deutschmarks.

Klette is also said to have attempted, together with other RAF members, to carry out an explosive attack on the Deutsche Bank building in Eschborn in February 1990. The explosive did not explode because it failed to ignite. Additionally, investigators found that Klette and members of the RAF fired at least 250 shots at the US embassy in Bad Godesberg in February 1991.

Years of investigative work by the Verden prosecutor’s office took place before the target was arrested by investigators. The prosecution accuses Klette, Garweg and Staub of attempted murder and a series of serious robberies between 1999 and 2016. The crime scenes were in Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia. The prosecution assumes the attacks were not politically motivated. Rather, the defendants are said to have committed the crimes to earn money for their underworld lives.

Lower Saxony authorities initially did not comment on which prison Klette was taken to. A Ministry of Justice spokesperson cited security issues. He also did not want to comment on whether Klette was in solitary confinement. There is also no information about whether Klette will be brought before the Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Karlsruhe.

The trio of Klette, Staub and Garweg were assigned to the so-called third RAF generation. Journalist and RAF expert Stefan Aust said on this issue in the ZDF “heute-journal” on Tuesday evening that the second generation was trying to save the first generation from prison. “When that didn’t work, there was the third generation, and they did one thing: They simply murdered. They just shot people or set people up.”

(APA/dpa)

Source: Vienna

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