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Frankfurt / Main (dpa / lhe) – In the trial against the Bundeswehr officer Franco A., who is suspected of terrorism, two police officers testify as witnesses at the Frankfurt Higher Regional Court (OLG) today. The Federal Prosecutor’s Office accuses Franco A. of preparing a serious criminal offense that is dangerous to the state. He is said to have planned attacks on politicians. The 32-year-old assumed a false identity as a Syrian refugee – from the point of view of the prosecutors, in order to raise suspicions of an attack against refugees and to shake confidence in the asylum policy. The Federal Prosecutor’s Office sees a völkisch-nationalist attitude as a motive. A. denies the allegations considerably.
One of the witnesses is supposed to testify to the investigation against A. for fraud as an alleged refugee. The other testimony is about the weapon that A. took from a hiding place in a toilet at Vienna Airport in February 2017. He was arrested and the false identity was revealed in the course of the investigation. What A. intended to do with the weapon is still unclear.
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