Police today raided an alleged far-right German terrorist group led by a man who claims to be descended from an ancient royal family accused of plotting to overthrow the government and install him as monarch. .
The 71-year-old Prince Heinrich XIII, believed to have claimed Reuss bloodline, was arrested after police raided 130 locations, including a palace in Thuringia, home to the family’s ancestral home. was named among the 25
Heinrich XIV, Prince Lois of Gleitz, the current head of the Lois Gleitz family, blamed his relatives in a statement after the raid, saying they left the family 14 years ago and have not been in touch since. He called him “old man.”
Also arrested were former paratrooper Ruediger v. P., 69, and former AfD member of the Bundestag and Berlin judge Birgit M.-W., 58.
Duke Henrich XIII of Reuss has been identified as one of 25 people arrested and accused of plotting a far-right coup against the German government.
3,000 German officers were involved in raids at 130 locations across Germany (pictured), including the Reuss family’s ancestral home, the Thuringian Forest Palace.
Prosecutors say the group, allied under the banner of Reichsbürger, who rejects a modern state in favor of the German Reich, plans to overthrow the government and establish a new state with Heinrich as its monarch. He said that he was
Federal prosecutors said Heinrich had contacted Russian officials to negotiate new orders after the German government was overthrown.
He is a Russian woman, Vitalia B.
“According to the current investigation, there is no indication that the person contacted responded positively to his request,” prosecutors said.
Bild reports that the coup conspirators had already chosen who would be in charge of various ministries within the new government and had obtained a large number of legally purchased guns.
A former German Bundeswehr soldier was involved in the scheme, Bild added, and plans have been underway since at least November 2021.
Suspects were arrested in Germany in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Hesse, Lower Saxony, Saxony, Thuringia, Austria and Italy.
Der Spiegel reported that the locations searched included the barracks of the German special forces KSK in the southwestern town of Calw.
The unit has been under scrutiny in the past for alleged far-right involvement by some soldiers, and federal prosecutors have refused to confirm or deny that the barracks were searched.
Prosecutors said those detained had formed a “terrorist organization aimed at overturning Germany’s existing state order and replacing it with a unique form of state.”
The suspects were aware that their objectives could only be achieved through military means and force, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said some members of the group had made “specific preparations” to storm parliament with small armed groups.
Prosecutors say conspirators plotted violent overthrow of government to rebuild German Empire with Heinrich as chief
Prosecutors say Plotter devised a new government structure, appointed heads of ministries within it, and sought help from Russian officials.
“The details[of this plan]still need to be investigated,” they said, to determine if any of the suspects could be charged with treason.
The statement said the group believed in “a collection of conspiracy theories consisting of narratives of so-called Reich citizens and QAnon ideology.”
Prosecutors added that members of the group also believed Germany was ruled by a so-called “shadow state”.
Prosecutors said 22 German citizens were detained on suspicion of being “members of a terrorist organization”.
Three others, including a Russian citizen, were suspected of supporting the organization, they said.
Prosecutors said one was detained in the Austrian town of Kitzbühel and the other in the Italian city of Perugia.
The arrested Prince Heinrich appears to claim descent from the Reuss family, which existed in Germany from the early 11th century until the abolition of the monarchy in 1918.
All male descendants of this family were named Heinrich after Holy Roman Emperor Henry VI.
Each Heinrich was numbered from 1 to 100 after his name and started over. So, there have been many Heinrichs throughout history, and it’s possible that Henry XIII is still alive today.
In 1778, Henry XI was elevated to the rank of prince, after which all his male heirs also used the title.
The house held land in what is now the state of Thuringa, and German media today say police have raided a palace in the same state.