The number of new terrorism investigations initiated by the Federal Public Prosecutor General has recently risen significantly.
According to an answer from the Federal Government to a question from the left-wing parliamentary group, 356 investigations relating to Islamist terrorism alone were initiated between the beginning of January and the end of September.
As the list, which was made available to dpa, shows, most of these cases involved allegations of membership of a terrorist organization.
By comparison, in the same period last year, the general prosecutor initiated 183 investigations relating to Islamist terrorism. In 2022, 236 of the 451 new investigations were related to Islamist terrorism.
A total of 151 investigations into international, non-Islamic terrorism were initiated in the first nine months of this year, an increase of around 42% compared to the same period in 2022. In June a suspected leading cadre of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is also banned in Germany, was detained at Frankfurt Airport.
Almost one-third of the 20 investigations into right-wing terrorism initiated in Germany between the beginning of the year concerned suspected violations of a ban on association. In 2022 as a whole, 13 investigations were initiated in this area.
“In this context, the figures for so-called ‘unattributable’ politically motivated crime are a further cause for concern,” said Martina Renner, a member of the Left Party’s domestic policy group.
This category includes terrorists who do not recognize the German state, such as the “Reichsbürger” (Reich Citizens), the “Patriotic Union” or the “United Patriots.”
In September, Germany’s Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser banned “Die Artgemeinschaft – Germanische Glaubens-Gemeinschaft wesensgemäßer Lebensgestaltung,” a white supremacist neo-Pagan and neo-Nazi organisation founded in 1951 by a former SS member.
She also banned the right-wing extremist organization “Hammerskins Deutschland”. Suspected members of the “Hammerskins” are taking legal action against the ban.
According to the federal government, a total of four investigations were initiated in the first three quarters of this year into suspected membership of a left-wing terrorist organisation. Three of these proceedings reportedly concerned international left-wing terrorism.