A German anti-government extremist was convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday for deliberately driving over a police officer during an attempted traffic check while intoxicated.
The ruling by the Stuttgart state court comes amid continuing concern over the activities of supporters of the Reich Citizens Movement, a loose right-wing group whose supporters deny the legitimacy of the current German constitution and government.
The 62-year-old man, a German, whose name the court did not release in line with local privacy rules, pleaded guilty to attempted murder, grievous bodily harm, resisting and assaulting enforcement officers, leaving the scene of an accident without authorization and being drunk Was ordained. driving. His driving license was revoked and his car was impounded. He was ordered to pay $32,600 to the injured police officer in compensation.
The court noted that the defendant had become increasingly radicalized in recent years, describing police officers as “combatants” in chat groups and letters in 2021 and insisting that he should be killed “without punishment (in) had the right to eliminate the combatants.”
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The court said the hearing followed an incident in February 2022 at a demonstration against coronavirus restrictions in southwestern Germany and after the defendant had been drinking at a birthday party. A police patrol tried unsuccessfully three times to stop him for speeding.
Later another patrol tried to stop the man. An officer got out of his car and ran toward the defendant’s vehicle to signal him to stop, and the defendant hit the officer, injuring his knee. The court noted that he then fled with the officer on the bonnet of his car, and when he fell, the officer suffered serious head injuries.
The defendant was stopped by another police patrol after officers fired 25 shots at his car. The injured officer spent several weeks in the hospital and is still unable to work due to post-traumatic stress disorder.
Earlier this week, German investigators carried out raids related to an alleged coup plot involving people associated with the Reich Citizens Movement. During the search, a police officer was shot in the arm.
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