Investigators check possible NPD contacts to Oslo killer Breivik

German investigators are checking possible links between the radical anti-Islamist who carried out the July massacre in Oslo and far-Right extremists in Bavaria, according to Der Spiegel magazine.

Investigators check possible NPD contacts to Oslo killer Breivik
Breivik. Photo: DPA

Suspicions of a potential connection were raised by Anders Behring Breivik’s email list, which Norwegian detectives investigating the massacre he carried out this summer, have passed on to their German colleagues, the magazine wrote on Sunday.

The Augsburg state security authorities had invited several far-Right extremists to interview in connection with the attack in Oslo of July 22.

Breivik, 32, had set off a bomb in the Norwegian capital’s government quarter which killed eight people, before setting off to the island of Utoya where he gunned down 69 participants in a social democrat youth summer camp.

Those Bavarians concerned included Roland Wuttke, chairman of the National Democratic Party (NPD) Upper Bavaria section. He denies all contact to Breivik, and wrote an open letter to the Augsburg police saying the invitation to interview was nothing more than propaganda. He said he would not attend as he had nothing to say.

He and 25 colleagues were investigated in 2009 for incitement, Der Spiegel reported.

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German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

A 50-year-old German man was jailed for life Tuesday for shooting dead a petrol station cashier because he was angry about being told to wear a mask while buying beer.

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

The September 2021 murder in the western town of Idar-Oberstein shocked Germany, which saw a vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine movement emerge in response to the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

The row started when 20-year-old student worker Alex W. asked the man to put on a mask inside the shop, as required in all German stores at the time.

After a brief argument, the man left.

The perpetrator – identified only as Mario N. – returned about an hour and a half later, this time wearing a mask. But as he bought his six-pack of beer to the till, he took off his mask and another argument ensued.

He then pulled out a revolver and shot the cashier in the head point-blank.

On Tuesday, the district court in Bad-Kreuznach convicted Mario N. of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and handed him a life sentence.

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Under German law, people given a life sentence can usually seek parole after 15 years. His defence team had sought a sentence of manslaughter, rather than murder.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Nicole Frohn told how Mario N. had felt increasingly angry about the measures imposed to curb the pandemic, seeing them as an infringement on his rights.

“Since he knew he couldn’t reach the politicians responsible, he decided to kill him (Alex W.),” she said.

Mario N. turned himself in to police the day after the shooting.

German has relaxed most of its coronavirus rules, although masks are still required in some settings, such as public transport.