Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 26 November 2014

German spy boss axed in 'Nazi' row

Thuringia domestic intelligence chief Thomas Sippel is being fired over the handling of investigations into a far-right group (AP)
Thuringia domestic intelligence chief Thomas Sippel is being fired over the handling of investigations into a far-right group (AP)

The head of a German state intelligence agency is being fired over the botched handling of investigations into a neo-Nazi group believed to have killed 10 people over several years.

Thuringia state Interior Minister Joerg Geibert said that Thomas Sippel no longer enjoys the trust of the state parliament and will be sent into early retirement.

The move comes a day after Heinz Fromm, the head of Germany's national domestic intelligence agency, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, stepped down amid criticism of how his agency has investigated the far-right group.

The small group - which originated in Thuringia state - evaded authorities' detection for more than a decade until last year. Its alleged victims were mostly of Turkish origin.

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