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Police foil far-right ‘model plane bomb plot’

German police have arrested a man over an alleged far-right plot to use explosives mounted on a model aeroplane against political opponents, authorities said on Tuesday.

Police foil far-right 'model plane bomb plot'
Photo: DPA

The unidentified 23-year-old suspect, a known right-wing extremist of no

fixed address, allegedly incited another man (42) to build the device, said

police and prosecutors.

They did not identify his suspected targets.

Police were also investigating two other suspects, men aged 22 and 24, over

the alleged plan and had raided their homes last week in the southwestern

state of Baden-Württemberg.

The arrested man had previously taken part in a rally of anti-immigrant group Die Rechte (The Right) on August 31st and hurled firecrackers at anti-fascist

counter-demonstrators, injuring five.

A police searched the home of the alleged bomb-maker and found

an explosive device, chemicals, several model aeroplanes, a data storage device

and a video camera.

Police said the 42-year-old man – who the younger suspect recruited to build the plane bomb – from the Emmendingen district had no previous known history of political extremism and that he remained free on bail.

In June, German authorities staged raids after uncovering a similar alleged

plot by Islamists to carry out bomb attacks against state targets using model

aeroplanes.

READ MORE: Neo-Nazi protests met with backlash

AFP/The Local/atje

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POLITICS

Ex-chancellor Schröder sues German Bundestag for removing perks

Former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder has sued the German parliament for removing some of his official post-retirement perks over his links to Russian energy giants, his lawyer said Friday.

Ex-chancellor Schröder sues German Bundestag for removing perks

Schröder, 78, has come under heavy criticism for his proximity to Russian President Vladimir Putin and involvement with state-backed energy companies.

The decision to suspend Schröder’s taxpayer-funded office and staff in May was “contrary to the rule of law”, Michael Nagel, told public broadcaster NDR.

Schröder “heard of everything through the media”, Nagel said, noting that the Social Democrat had asked for a hearing before the budget committee responsible but was not given the chance to express himself.

READ ALSO: Germany strips Schröder of official perks over Russia ties

Schröder’s lawyers filed the complaint with an administrative Berlin court, a spokesman for the court confirmed.

In its decision to strip him of the perks, the committee concluded that Schröder, who served as chancellor from 1998 to 2005, “no longer upholds the continuing obligations of his office”.

Most of Schröder’s office staff had already quit before the final ruling was made.

Despite resigning from the board of Russian oil company Rosneft and turning down a post on the supervisory board of gas giant Gazprom in May, Schröder has maintained close ties with the Kremlin.

The former chancellor met Putin in July, after which he said Moscow was ready for a “negotiated solution” to the war in Ukraine — comments branded as “disgusting” by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Last week, the Social Democrats concluded that Schröder would be allowed to remain a member after he was found not have breached party rules over his ties to the Russian President.

Schröder’s stance on the war and solo diplomacy has made him an embarrassment to the SPD, which is also the party of current Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

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