In the trial for the "NSU 2.0" threatening letter, the accused was sentenced to five years and ten months in prison on Thursday. According to the judges at the Frankfurt district court, the man from Berlin had sent a series of hateful and racist threatening letters to public figures.
The accused Alexander M. had previously rejected all allegations in his "last word". The allegations against him were not confirmed in the evidence, said the 54-year-old on Thursday before the district court in Frankfurt. He accused the public prosecutor of lies and manipulations that were not a basis for a conviction. The investigative group wanted to use their results "to finish him off at any price" and relieve the police.
As in his plea, the Berlin-born defendant admitted to having been a member of a chat group on the dark web, which is why parts of the threatening letters were found on his computer. However, the members of the group "systematically tricked" him. There is no evidence that he wrote the letters. M. apologized for the membership in his closing remarks.
According to the public prosecutor's office, M. is the author of a total of 81 threatening letters that were sent by email, fax or SMS to lawyers, politicians, journalists and other public figures and signed "NSU 2.0". The sender "NSU 2.0" alludes to the right-wing extremist terrorist cell National Socialist Underground (NSU). Prosecutors also hold the defendant responsible for bomb threats against courts. The indictment called for seven and a half years in prison for, among other things, insult and attempted coercion, disturbance of the public peace and incitement to hatred.