Frankfurt/Main (dpa/lhe) - A young right-wing extremist from northern Hesse, who is said to have worked on the establishment of a terrorist cell and prepared attacks, is being tried in Frankfurt. The negotiations before the state protection senate would begin on August 2nd, the higher regional court in Frankfurt announced on Wednesday. The Federal Public Prosecutor's Office has accused the 20-year-old from the small town of Spangenberg in the Schwalm-Eder district of attempting to found a terrorist organization, preparing a serious act of violence that is dangerous to the state, and violating the Weapons and Explosives Act.
The man was 19 years old at the time of the crime. According to the OLG, it will only be decided in the process whether juvenile criminal law will be applied. According to the indictment, the man, who has been in custody since September 2021, is a supporter of the US-based neo-Nazi terrorist group "Atomic Weapons Division" (AWD), which represents a racist, anti-Semitic and National Socialist world view. In line with this ideology, his goal is said to have been to spark a "racial" and civil war in Germany by means of attacks with explosive devices and firearms.
According to the indictment, he had searched for fellow campaigners with weapons experience, researched possible attack targets, found out about a rapid-fire rifle on the Internet and made explosives himself. According to the announcement, its explosive power was similar to that of military explosives.
The trainee's apartment was originally searched for a possible weapon offence. According to earlier information, the investigators found around 600 home-made small explosive devices, six so-called unconventional explosive and incendiary devices and a racist manifesto.