Investigators confiscate data carriers and an illegal transmitter from a Bremen "lateral thinker" who is said to have agitated against Health Minister Lauterbach on social media and via a local pirate station. In one contribution, he very specifically sought after the life of the SPD politician.
The police in Bremen searched the apartment of a 63-year-old because of a death threat against Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach and the operation of an illegal radio station. As the officials in the Hanseatic city announced, the alleged supporter of the so-called lateral thinker scene Lauterbach is said to have threatened in a social network to "silence him with lead". In addition, the man is said to have traded illegally with tobacco products.
During the action on Wednesday, the emergency services confiscated, among other things, evidence such as data carriers and the man's illegal transmitter, which he used to spread "ideological content from the lateral thinker scene" in the local area. Because of the pirate station, specialists from the Federal Network Agency also took part in the search in the Vahr district. A witness had discovered the text with the death threat on the Internet and reported it. Tobacco products were also confiscated. The man is being investigated for threats and violations of the Telecommunications and Tobacco Tax Act.
Because of his role in the corona pandemic, Lauterbach is repeatedly targeted by "lateral thinkers" and violent extremists. In April 2022, "Reich citizens" and opponents of the Corona policy are said to have planned to kidnap the minister. Four men were arrested at the time. Lauterbach recently said in the "Rheinische Post" that the threat from so-called Reich citizens "affects my life and I'm worried about my children". At first he thought that Reich citizens were "a few harmless crazy people". He now knows "that these people are dangerous terrorists, many of whom are armed." But he himself was "very well protected," said Lauterbach.