German investigators seize grenades and crossbow from home of anti-government extremist suspect
On Friday, German investigators said they had seized weapons, including three hand grenades and a crossbow, at the home of an anti-government extremist suspect who was raided as part of a hate speech investigation.
Prosecutors said a 55-year-old man from Munich, believed to be a supporter of the far-right Reich Citizens’ Movement, was arrested. Its supporters deny the legitimacy of the current German constitution and government, arguing instead that the German Empire or Reich of 1871 still exists.
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He was under investigation on suspicion of complicity in crimes and humiliation of the memory of the dead. This came in the wake of an alleged Twitter post last year endorsing the fatal killing of two police officers in western Germany in January 2022 when they stopped two men suspected of poaching.
Munich prosecutors said during a search of the suspect’s apartment on Thursday they found weapons, including several knives and clubs, a crossbow, a semi-automatic pistol, thousands of rounds of ammunition and three hand grenades.