Extremism raid: Feldjäger reports suspicion of misconduct

A Bundeswehr military police officer reported the suspicion of a misdemeanor to superiors after a raid against targets of the Military Counterintelligence Service (MAD) carried out with sharp weapons and balaclavas.

Extremism raid: Feldjäger reports suspicion of misconduct

A Bundeswehr military police officer reported the suspicion of a misdemeanor to superiors after a raid against targets of the Military Counterintelligence Service (MAD) carried out with sharp weapons and balaclavas.

In an interrogation on August 10, the career soldier reported concerns about the legality and proportionality of the March mission, which was scheduled as a secret exercise. When they arrived at the site in Hanover on March 7, it became clear to the military police that this was a "severe domestic operation". The transcript of the interrogation was available to the German Press Agency. The "world" had already reported on parts of the raid.

The sergeant major explains that he and other military police officers should have received a briefing in a conference room of the Lower Saxony State Criminal Police Office and should have signed a non-disclosure agreement. They had been informed that it was about fighting right-wing extremist structures within the Bundeswehr and about possible connections to the rocker scene in several places in Germany.

When asked, it was said that a written order would be submitted later, the soldier explains. "Furthermore, the carrying of live weapons and ammunition was questioned, as well as the general use of military police in Germany in a situation that was still unknown to us at the time," says the interrogation protocol.

The sergeant went on to say that he had identified a member of his own company among the targets and stated that he did not consider "access as it should be" to be proportionate. A MAD employee explained that the target person had "no shit on the matter", but they wanted to "put pressure on them and shoot in front of the bow in order to get information about the other personal data through him".

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defense said on request that the Ministry was not allowed to confirm or deny any self-disclosure to protect personal rights. Likewise, no statements may be made on any disciplinary proceedings or submissions to the public prosecutor's office for the reasons already mentioned.

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