Further arrest: Klette has remained silent in custody so far

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Klette has so far remained silent in custody

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Even 24 hours after the arrest of former RAF terrorist Klette, investigators are still combing through her Berlin apartment. The police also arrested a man in the “wanted age group”. Meanwhile, the son of Federal Prosecutor General Buback, who was murdered by the RAF, is “not particularly optimistic” about solving further RAF crimes.

After the arrest of the former RAF terrorist Daniela Klette, the investigators continue the search for the former RAF members Ernst-Volker Staub and Burkhard Garweg unabated. Staub is now 69 and Garweg is 55 years old. One thing is certain: “We will continue to search,” said the President of the Lower Saxony State Criminal Police Office (LKA), Friedo de Vries. After the 65-year-old was arrested, another person was arrested in Berlin – investigators are expected to provide information about this man later in the day.

The person arrested was a man in the “sought age group,” said de Vries. His identity is still being clarified. The LKA chief said it was not certain whether the man’s identification document was genuine. Klette was caught in Berlin on Monday evening. She offered no resistance when arrested. The 65-year-old is in custody for several robberies.

According to the LKA, Klette, who was wanted as a terrorist, lived in a Berlin apartment under a false identity – according to a neighbor, under the first name Claudia. During the search, investigators found, among other things, magazines from a weapon and cartridges. A weapon has not yet been found. Investigators were still busy in Klette’s apartment last night, and police officers were carrying bags out of the house, a reporter reported.

Aust: Third RAF generation “simply committed murders”

The arrest by target investigators was preceded by years of investigative work led by the Verden public prosecutor’s office. The prosecution accuses Klette, Garweg and Staub of attempted murder and a series of serious robberies between 1999 and 2016; the crime scenes were in Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia. The public prosecutor’s office assumes that the attacks were not politically motivated – the accused are said to have committed the crimes in order to get money for their underground life. The trio Klette, Staub and Garweg are assigned to the so-called third RAF generation.

About the different generations of the terrorist group, journalist and RAF expert Stefan Aust said on ZDF’s “heute journal” that the second generation tried to free the first from prison. “When that didn’t work, there was the third generation, and they did one thing: they simply committed murder. They simply shot people or set traps for them.”

According to dpa information, Klette is suspected, among other things, of being involved in a firearms attack on the US embassy in Bonn in 1991. It is also suspected that she was involved in an explosive attack on the Weiterstadt correctional facility in 1993. Traces indicate that she was also at the crime scene during the 1993 anti-terror operation in Bad Kleinen, Mecklenburg. The police officer Michael Newrzella and the RAF man Wolfgang Grams died in the action. Former RAF terrorist Birgit Hogefeld was arrested.

Buback does not expect any new findings

When she was brought before the responsible investigating judge at the Verden District Court, Klette did not comment on the matter, said a spokeswoman for the Lower Saxony Ministry of Justice. It remains to be seen whether she will get involved over the next few days and weeks.

The son of Federal Prosecutor General Siegfried Buback, who was murdered by the RAF in 1977, Michael Buback, was “not overly optimistic” after Klette’s arrest that further RAF crimes could now be solved. “Why should Ms. Klette behave differently than other RAF members who do not burden themselves or others?” he told the editorial network Germany.

Most recently, the Verden public prosecutor’s office again appealed to the population on the ZDF program “Aktenzeichen XY… unsolved”. The program brought around 250 new tips – but several thousand tips had been processed in the past nine years, said de Vries. Klette’s arrest was not based on the search call in the program. Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said of Klette’s arrest: “The constitutional state has shown its persistence and staying power. Nobody should feel safe underground.”

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