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US News Saxony's Interior Minister Roland Wöller in the criticism: Mistakes and deception maneuvers in the protection of the constitution

17:25  28 october  2020
17:25  28 october  2020 Source:   tagesspiegel.de

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The fatal attack by an Islamist in Dresden could have been prevented. Wöller bears the political responsibility for the disaster.

In der Kritik. Nach dem tödlichen Attentat eines Islamisten in Dresden muss sich Sachsens Innenmininster Roland Wöller unangenehmen Fragen stellen. © Photo: Sebastian Kahnert / dpa In the criticism. After the fatal assassination attempt by an Islamist in Dresden, Saxony's Minister of the Interior, Roland Wöller, has to ask unpleasant questions.

The case is a disaster that is spreading. Saxony's protection of the constitution failed to monitor the highly dangerous Islamist Abdullah Al H. H. every step after his release from prison at the end of September. The Syrian was able to stab a tourist in Dresden on October 4th and seriously injure another.

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As if that weren't bad enough, Dirk-Martin Christian, head of the protection of the constitution, deceived the public last Thursday when he suggested during a press conference that his officials were close to the Islamist on the day of the crime. On Monday, Christian regretted giving the wrong impression.

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The interior minister of the Free State, the Christian Democrat Roland Wöller, is politically responsible for this. In view of the mishaps in his own house, the fact that he called for the ban on deportation for Syrians to be relaxed and for dangerous and serious criminals to be brought back to the civil war country after the attack seems like a diversionary maneuver.

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And the Abdullah Al H. H. case is not the only one in which the Ministry and the Office for the Protection of the Constitution are looking bad this year.

Experienced head of the protection of the constitution was fired.

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In June, Wöller threw out the head of the intelligence service at the time, Gordian Meyer-Plath. The experienced constitutional protection officer, who is valued in security circles, was deported to the Ministry of Science, Culture and Tourism. A humiliation. Experts on right-wing extremism also had to leave.

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Wöller accused Meyer-Plath of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution illegally stored data from AfD MPs. But at the beginning of October,

Saxony's data protection officer Andreas Schurig contradicted the minister.

The procedure of the State Office for the Protection of the Constitution was "basically in line with the requirements of the Federal Constitutional Court on the observation of MPs," said Schurig after examining the allegations against Meyer-Plath. Wöller remained stubborn. The ministry announced that the storage of MPs' data did not meet the legal requirements.

The 50-year-old Wöller, who comes from Duisburg, likes to be the tough security politician. In the black-green-red government of Michael Kretschmer, he apparently has the role of slowing down the AfD's law-and-order agitation. It's getting harder. The AfD sees the case of Abdullah Al H. H. as a “comprehensive failure of the government and especially the interior minister”.

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