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Germany begins trial of far right-coup plotters

todayApril 29, 2024 21

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The first high-profile criminal trials get underway today in Germany – as a group faces allegations of preparing to try and violently overthrow the German government.

Prosecutors opened their case against individuals tied to the Reichsbürger (Citizens of the Reich) movement. In all, 27 people face charges, including high treason and belonging to a terror organization, but they will be tried in three separate courtrooms in different cities.

The plot to overthrow the government and install martial law was exposed in 2022. The nine defendants in court on Monday — including former soldiers and judges, as well as a member of parliament for the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) — are accused of participating in the “military arm” of the Reichsbürger, which espouses conspiracy-based theories regarding sovereignty and rejects the concept of the post-war German state.

Written by: Tonata Kadhila

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