Military and police cooperate to arrest online right-wing extremist

Military and police cooperate to arrest online right-wing extremist

A right-wing extremist suspected of hate speech and distributing online manuals for making 3D printed weapons has been arrested in Slovakia after a police and military intelligence action, Europol reports. The man is known in the international far-right cyberspace and is suspected of spreading extremist hate speech and terrorist activities.

Europol says the man is linked to groups and individuals spreading neo-Nazi, far-right and white supremacist extremist propaganda.

“He is part of the so-called Siege extremist movement. This online extremist community is connected online, though simultaneously grounded in ‘offline action’. The followers of the Siege movement share a philosophical and political orientation, as well as a spiritual outlook dominated by hatred and anchored in fascist ideology.”

The suspect allegedly published instructions and diagrams for manufacturing improvised cold weapons, home-produced automatic firearms, explosives and mines, and instructions for sabotage attacks.

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The instructions include the domestic production of automatic firearms manufactured in combination with 3D-printable parts and home-made metal parts, Europol says.

The suspect is currently under custody, awaiting further proceedings. During the raids, law enforcement authorities uncovered a highly sophisticated 3D printer and electronic devices, which are currently examined.

An investigation by the Slovak National Crime Agency, the Slovak Military Intelligence, the Slovak Police supported by the Czech National Organized Crime Agency, the US FBI, Europol and Eurojust, led to the arrest.

The Military Intelligence Service detected the suspect through its specialised activities, Europol says.

 

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