According to the public prosecutor’s office, 40 suspects were questioned nationwide. It is about calls to violence and disparaging the deceased.

Investigators have acted in twelve federal states against suspects who allegedly disparaged the murdered government president Walter Lübcke (CDU) on the Internet and approved violence against him. The apartments were searched and 40 male and female suspects were questioned, said the General Prosecutor’s Office in Frankfurt am Main. This is where the Central Office for Internet Crime (ZIT) is located, which is responsible for cyber crime in Germany.

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Right-wing extremist Stefan E. is said to have shot the Kassel government president Lübcke on his terrace on June 2, 2019. The murder trial begins on June 16. The motive of the alleged perpetrator is said to have been Lübcke’s public engagement for the admission of refugees in Germany.

Those accused of having posted online are accused of publicly asking for crimes, approving crimes, or disparaging the memory of the deceased. The suspects can therefore face imprisonment. It has fines or imprisonment between two and five years. According to the public prosecutor, the allegedly punishable contributions were “published on various social networks. Laptops and cell phones were secured and are now being evaluated,” said a spokeswoman for the ZIT. Most of the accused come from Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia and Saxony.

ZIT had specifically evaluated comments on the Lübcke case online. Some of the suspected cases, which the investigators were now investigating, were comments that had called for violence against him before Lübcke’s death, a spokeswoman for the ZIT said. Other potentially punishable statements were only released after the murder.

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“The clear signal of the measures is: The Internet is not a legal space!” Said Lower Saxony’s Interior Minister Boris Pistorius (SPD) in Hanover. “Inhuman statements, xenophobic and anti-Semitic agitation online or xenophobic slogans are punishable – regardless of whether in the analogue or in the digital world.” High-reach social networks and platforms for online games should be obliged to inquire about the true identity of users when registering. Security agencies should have access to them in the event of crime. The interior ministers of the federal states should also discuss this at their next conference.

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