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German State Intel Chief Fired Over Botched Neo-Nazi Case



Seal of the German BfV, of which Thomas Sippel headed a state division. Thomas Sippel, the head of a German state intelligence agency is in the process of being fired over the mishandling of an investigation into a Neo-Nazi case. The case in question involves a Neo-Nazi group suspected of killing 10 people over the course of several years.  This group stayed under the radar and evaded authorities for almost a decade, until they were caught last year. According to the German news agency dapd, Thuringia state Interior Minister Joerg Geiber said that Thomas Sippel has lost the state legislature’s trust and will go into early retirement.

Sippel’s forced retirement came a day after Heinz Fromm stepped down. Heinz Fromm was head of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Germany’s national domestic intelligence group. Fromm stepped down because of criticism of how his agency led their investigations into the right-wing extremist group.

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