ABW detained German suspected of participating in terrorist group

The Internal Security Agency (ABW) detained a German citizen suspected of participating in an organised crime group of a terrorist nature. The man is suspected of expressing radical anti-systemic views and supporting extreme right-wing organisations. The court arrested him for three months.

The Spokesperson for the Minister-Coordinator of Special Forces, Stanisław Żaryn, said that the arrest was carried out by agents of the Bydgoszcz branch of the ABW delegation in Gdańsk last week.

The criminal group in which a German citizen allegedly participated operates in Poland and other countries. He presented his extreme views on the Internet, mainly on social media - said Mr. Żaryn.

“According to the ABW's findings, the man may have possessed weapons and explosives, therefore actions against him were carried out with the participation of the anti-terrorist unit, the pyrotechnic-military team, and also with the support of the mobile laboratory of the ABW's Forensic Research Bureau,” said the spokesman.

As reported by the National Prosecutor's Office, the search at Jurgen K.'s (name withheld under Polish privacy law) place of work revealed, among other items, two TNT cubes of a total weight of 1.2 kg, ammunition for combat and signal weapons, a fuse, and a tear gas grenade.

An expert in weapons, explosives, and ammunition, who participated in the searches, indicated that the secured materials constitute an explosive substance for which a permit is required. TNT was secured by a sapper's patrol," informed the National Prosecutor’s Office Press Department.

The man detained by the ABW was charged with possession of arms without the required permit and explosives, which could have brought danger to the life and health of many people. The Gdańsk-Południe district court granted the prosecutor's request for a three-month arrest.

The investigation of the "activities of an organised criminal group of a terrorist nature" is conducted under the supervision of the Pomeranian Department of the Department of Organised Crime and Corruption of the National Prosecutor's Office in Gdańsk.

The charges are punishable by up to eight years' imprisonment. The National Prosecutor's Office stated that the investigation is developing and that further arrests are possible in this case.