In Brief: Additional suspects taken into custody in murder case of CDU politician Walter Lübcke, and more headlines

Two additional suspects have been arrested in the killing of Kassel district president Walter Lübcke. In local Berlin news, the Senate has allocated a million euros to help protect the city’s plant life against dry weather. Find out more in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.

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The federal prosecutor’s office has confirmed that two additional suspects have been taken into custody in the murder case of CDU politician Walter Lübcke.

Markus Schmitt, spokesman for the federal prosecutor’s office, said they believe the two suspects, both German, were aware of the far-right ideology that’s been linked to Stephan E., who confessed on Wednesday to killing Kassel district president Lübcke.

One of the suspects, 64-year-old Elmar J., is alleged to have sold the murder weapon to Stephan E. in 2016. The two men were allegedly put into contact by the other suspect, 43-year-old Markus H.

In the Bundestag on Thursday, Christine Lambrecht, the new Justice Minister called for vigilance against right-extremists.

“For far too long, many did not want to see the ‘brown swamp,’” Lambrecht said.

Seventy-four years after the end of the Nazi terror, she added, this extreme right-wing violence must not be accepted.

“On the contrary,” Lambrecht said. “We must do everything in our power to put an end to this disgusting activity.”

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A terror suspect has been taken into custody in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt. According to the state prosecutor’s office, the 39-year-old Bosnian suspect is said to be connected to the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. There had been a Europe-wide warrant for the suspect’s arrest following the attacks, which killed 130 people.

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The Berlin Senate has allocated a million euros to help protect the city’s plant life against dry weather. Dorothee Winden, a press speaker from the Senate department for Environment, Transport, and Climate Protection, told Berliner Rundfunk that city districts will have access to the funding in order to ensure trees and bushes are adequately watered.

 

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