• Germany's news in English

German 'sect leader' held in Caribbean shoot-out

The Local · 18 Oct 2012, 09:15

Published: 18 Oct 2012 09:15 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Peter Brunck is said to be the leader of the Academy for Future Health, which until May, had run a website talking about the coming “perfection” of the world and conspiracy theories about world governments hiding decades of contact with aliens.

The website talks of cultures from space having previously lived on Earth and having left DNA traces in today’s people. It ties current developments such as the catastrophe in Japan earlier this year, to something it calls the “Transfer”.

Der Spiegel magazine reported on Thursday that police, justice officials and members of Interpol had raided a villa near the tourist town Sosúa on the Dominican Republic – trying to execute a search warrant to look for illegal weapons.

A gunfight ensued, with members of the sect in the villa wearing bullet-proof vests and shooting at police with large-calibre weapons.

The Dominica Today newspaper reported that the gunfight went on for around an hour, with one man ending up dead in a pool of blood despite his bullet-proof vest - and large weapon lying nearby.

One of the two people arrested was identified as Peter Brunck, from Rhineland-Palatinate, the Jamaica Observer newspaper said. He is named as “one of the most innovative thinking personalities of the time” on the sect’s website, and is considered the main person of the group.

A woman was arrested, also said to have been wearing a bullet-proof vest.

When officers finally got in the building, they found a number of guns, which local media suggest were being fired at a private shooting range in the grounds of the villa.

Story continues below…

The Local/jcw

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

21:16 October 18, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
So why didn't the UFO's come to help him out then?
12:44 October 19, 2012 by DavidtheNorseman
Bfa - Probably off shopping.

Sadly the fellows followers will now see this as proof positive that their theories are correct and the governments are out to get them...rather than realizing that governments don't let the peasants arm themselves and never have. The only greater crime would be tax evasion - and if the governments ever find out the aliens have been avoiding taxes.....!!!!
Today's headlines
Outrage over ruling on 'brutal' gang rape of teen girl
The now convicted suspects, sitting in court in Hamburg. Photo: DPA.

A 14-year-old girl was gang-raped and left partially clothed and unconscious in freezing temperatures. Now prosecutors are appealing the sentences for the young men found guilty, most of whom will not set foot in jail.

Dozens of Turkish diplomats apply for asylum in Germany
Demonstrators holding a giant Turkish flag protest against the attempted coup in Istanbul in July. Photo: DPA.

Since the failed putsch attempt in Turkey in July, Germany has received 35 asylum applications from people with Turkish diplomatic passports, the Interior Ministry confirmed on Wednesday.

Hertha Berlin fan club criticised for 'anti-gay banner'
Hertha BSC beat FC Cologne 2-1. Photo: DPA

A 50 metre fan banner apparently mocking the idea of gay adoption has overshadowed Hertha BSC's win in the Bundesliga.

Germany stalls Chinese takeover of tech firm Aixtron
Aixtron headquarters in Herzogenrath. Photo: DPA

The German government on Monday said it had withdrawn approval for a Chinese firm to acquire Aixtron, a supplier to the semiconductor industry, amid growing unease over Chinese investment in German companies.

Politicians call for tough sentences for 'killer clowns'
File photo: DPA.

Now that the so-called 'killer clown' craze has spread from the US to Germany, elected officials are drawing a hard line against such "pranks", with some threatening offenders with jail time of up to a year.

Nearly one in ten Germans are severely disabled
Photo: DPA

New figures reveal that 9.3 percent of the German population last year were considered severely disabled.

The Local List
Germany's top 10 most surreal sites to visit
The Upside-Down House, in Mecklenburg–Western Pomerania. Photo: Olaf Meister / Wikimedia Commons

From upside-down houses on Baltic islands to a fairy-tale castle near the Austrian border, Germany is a treasure trove of the extraordinary.

Bavarian critics back Merkel for Chancellor again
Photo: DPA

The Christian Social Union (CSU) have long delayed backing Angela Merkel as their candidate for Chancellor in next year's general election. But now key leaders are supporting her publicly.

Four taken to hospital after hotel toilet bursts into flames
File photo: DPA.

Four guests at a Nuremberg hotel were taken to hospital due to smoke inhalation early Monday morning after a toilet there burst into flames.

Creepy clown scare spreads to Germany
Two of the clowns were apparently equipped with chainsaws. Photo: Pedro Pardo / AFP file picture

Police said Friday five incidents involving so-called scary clowns had occurred in two north German towns, including one assailant who hit a man with a baseball bat, amid fears that Halloween could spark a rash of similar attacks.

10 things you never knew about socialist East Germany
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
How Germans fell in love with America's favourite squash
How I ditched London for Berlin and became a published author
12 clever German idioms that'll make you sound like a pro
23 fascinating facts you never knew about Berlin
9 unmissable events to check out in Germany this October
10 things you never knew about German reunification
10 things you're sure to notice after an Oktoberfest visit
Germany's 10 most Instagram-able places
15 pics that prove Germany is absolutely enchanting in autumn
10 German films you have to watch before you die
6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
10 pieces of German slang you'll never learn in class
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
Eleven famous Germans with surnames that'll make your sides split
The best ways to get a visa as an American in Germany
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd