Germany suspends 5 police officers over threats sent to Turkish lawyer in NSU case
German authorities have suspended five police officers in a probe over threats to a Turkish lawyer who participated in the case of the National Socialist Underground (NSU), a far-right German neo-Nazi terrorist group which murdered eight ethnic Turks, among others, independent news site T24 reported.
The officers sent threatening letters containing racist statements to Seda Başay Yıldız, including one which targeted her daughter, the site quoted German Daily Frankfurter Neue Presse as saying.
"This time my daughter's name and home address were written. That's why I filed a criminal complaint for the first time," Yıldız told Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency, stressing that she had received many threats in the past, but dismissed them.
The German investigation revealed that the police officers in question had access to Yıldız’s computer, sent each other messages containing swastika symbols and Hitler's photos in an online group. The officers sent Yıldız a fax containing racist comments signed “NSU 2.0” in August, T24 said.
It is unknown whether the prosecutor's office opened the case upon the threats against Yıldız, German media noted.
The NSU, which was uncovered in November 2011, was behind a string of neo-Nazi murders of immigrants in Germany between 2000 and 2007 that long remained unsolved due to what some have called institutional racism within the police and obstruction by German intelligence services.