Germany: Right-wing extremist group leader sentenced to jail

A high court in the southern German city of Stuttgart on Thursday sentenced the founder of the far-right terror group “Gruppe S.” (Group S) to six years in prison.

The group’s ringleader, Werner S. from Stuttgart, was convicted of having founded a terrorist organization.

The federal prosecutor’s office had accused the defendants of planning actions to overthrow the political order of Germany.

Members of Group S, so named after the main defendant, were said to have feared that Germany would be taken over by refugees.

They were accused of wanting to carry out attacks on mosques to provoke a civil war. Investigators recorded chats and telephone conversations and also relied on statements from a former group member.

The group was said to have possessed firearms, axes and swords for the planned attacks. All of the members were German citizens.

Read more: Deutsche Welle