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BERLIN – The German government says it is investigating the extent of far-right activity in its armed forces after an officer was arrested last week on suspicion of planning an attack.
Prosecutors believe 28-year-old army lieutenant Franco A. had long-standing far-right views and may have been part of a small extremist cell.
A defense ministry spokesman confirmed reports that the suspect, whose full name wasn't released due to German privacy rules, had written a university thesis in 2014 which included "extremist views," but only received a warning.
The spokesman, Boris Nannt, told reporters Wednesday that the decision had been a "mistake."
Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday visited the barracks in Illkirch, France, where A. had been stationed as part of a Franco-German brigade.