Germany: Ex-Minister of Interior involved in investigation scandal

Three years ago, Germany witnessed its “Berlin truck attack”, the most devastating terrorists attack in Germany so far. 12 died, 56 injured. Now a policeman makes serious accusations, against the former Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizière. He is said to have thwarted the investigations against the assassin, who was known to the police. 

In the period from 2014 to 2017, Germany experienced a total of almost 150 terrorist attacks, most of them with an Islamic background. It concerns the public that almost without exception the assassins were already known to the police before the actual act. The police is deeply rooted in the Islamist scene in Germany by undercover investigators. These investigators provide the investigating authorities with the essential information from these closed groups. 

A police officer of the State Criminal Investigation Office has now been testified to the “Berlin truck attack” of 19 December 2016 in Berlin. He makes serious accusations. Ten months before the attack, the Ministry of the Interior and the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) are said of having ordered to get rid of the closest spy to Anis Amri, who later became the assassin of Berlin. According to the NRW investigator, this decision has been authorised by “the very top”: the former Federal Minister of the Interior, Thomas de Maizière. As the daily newspaper “Die Welt” reports in detail, the informer (an approximately 40-year-old German Turk with the code name “Murat”) was pulled out about 10 months before Anis Amri’s attack – after he had informed the authorities about the attack plans. 

Investigation errors are constantly present in the public debate about terrorism in Germany, regardless of whether they are committed by right-wing terrorists (Nazis) or left-wing terrorists (Islamists/Antifa). Nevertheless, the population in Germany accepts these fatal mishaps with surprising calmness. Although some of the media are calling for personnel consequences, these are quickly forgotten then. German authorities have prevented a total of 13 attacks in advance since 2010. In view of the much higher number of attacks committed, the question arises whether the success rate would not be much higher if blatant investigation errors were omitted.