BERLIN (AP) — Police in Berlin have arrested a 53-year-old German man on suspicion of sending dozens of threatening letters to politicians, lawyers and journalists that were signed with the acronym of a far-right extremist group, officials said Tuesday.
Prosecutors in Frankfurt, who are handling the case, said the man was detained in the German capital on Monday.
The suspect, whose name wasn’t released for privacy reasons, has previous convictions for “numerous crimes, including ones that were motivated by right-wing ideology,” prosecutors said.
The letters were signed “NSU 2.0” – a reference to the National Socialist Underground group that was responsible for a string of violent crimes between 1998 and 2011, including the racially motivated killings of nine men with immigrant backgrounds and a policewoman.
Police think the suspect sent almost 100 letters to dozens of people and organizations across Germany and Austria since…