Frontbann 24 is positioned “against the constitutional order and in violation of criminal law,” a statement from the Interior Ministry said, adding that the group shows an “affinity to national socialism.”
According to the paper, Körting has been reviewing a ban on the group for some months. It was founded with 30 members in October, 2008. Domestic intelligence agents believe the group’s name draws from a pre-Nazi party group founded in 1924 also called Frontbann, which they use as a “historic example” for symbolism and group structure.
The group became a key right-wing extremist organisation after two others – the Kameradschaft Tor Berlin (KTB) and the Berliner Alternative Süd-Ost (BASO) – were banned in 2005, the paper reported.
Most members have a neo-Nazi history and some are believed to be prone to violence.
Körting told Der Tagesspiegel that the ban is “against the background of a decisive fight against right-wing extremist efforts.”