The publishing house is called “Der Schelm”: Thousands of books with anti-Semitic and National Socialist ideology wanted to be distributed by suspected right-wing extremists, according to the federal prosecutor’s office. One after the other, the police are now apparently collecting one.

In connection with the distribution of books with right-wing extremist ideas and hate speech, the federal prosecutor’s office had another man arrested.

An investigating judge at the Federal Court of Justice is to decide this Friday whether the accused will be remanded in custody. The Karlsruhe authorities accuse him and a man who was also arrested in Saxony the day before of membership in a right-wing extremist criminal organization. The alleged accomplice was taken into custody on Thursday. There are more suspects, also in Brandenburg.

Under the umbrella of the publishing house “Der Schelm”, they allegedly wanted to distribute books with National Socialist and anti-Semitic ideology and thus commit hate speech. Above all, it was about reprints of indexed works. The supreme prosecutor did not say exactly what it was.

The main suspect, who was arrested in Röderaue on Wednesday, is said to have processed orders received via the Internet and commissioned other group members to ship the books. Officials from the Saxon State Criminal Police Office arrested the second man in Leipzig on Thursday. In particular, he was responsible for storing and shipping the documents. According to the announcement, he rented storage space for the association and had several thousand books printed abroad with criminal law content in stock.

The four suspects were said to have been members of the criminal organization by August 2018 at the latest. In Saxony and Brandenburg, the authorities had searched rooms.