by Nick Hallett
The man who tried to assassinate a pro-migrant mayoral
candidate in Cologne may have been connected to Germany’s secret
service, the Green Party has claimed.
The man, known as Frank S, stabbed Henriette Reker the day before the
mayoral election. He was immediately arrested and state prosecutors say
he confessed to holding “xenophobic motives”. They added that they had
not ruled out mental instability as a motive too.
However, Green MP Volker Beck pointed out that information held by
the Federal Employment Agency on Frank S had been classified as
He told tabloid Bild: “That fact the documents on Frank S were classified as secret at the Federal Employment Agency makes us suspicious.
“We would expect all information held by local and national security
services regarding Frank S to be disclosed by the Federal Government.”
The Green party has now submitted a formal question to the
government, asking them if there are “any current or past links” between
the secret services and Frank S.
The Left Party has also waded in, saying it is “not credible that the
secret services would have no knowledge of a serial Nazi with a very
Henriette Reker, an independent who was previously responsible for handling migrant-related issues in Cologne, was stabbed in the neck
last Saturday while campaigning. She survived the attack, and was
elected mayor with 52.7 per cent of the vote the day after the stabbing.
Although she stood as an independent, Mrs. Reker is very close to
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), and
Mrs. Merkel herself called the local CDU offices to offer Mrs. Reker her
wishes for a speedy recovery.
Recently, it was revealed that one of the founders of anti-Islamist group “Hooligans Against Salafism” (Hogesa) was a secret service informant who spent years forwarding the group’s emails to state authorities.