German sting reportedly nets extremist material


BERLIN (JTA) — Banned material related to the neo-Nazi music scene was confiscated in a sting operation in Germany, according to the Federal Criminal Agency in Wiesbaden.

German police on Wednesday searched more than 200 apartments and shops belonging to alleged right-wing extremists. A full report on the nationwide raids was expected later in the day in Stuttgart. 

Investigators had set up a sting operation involving the creation of a fake Internet-based marketplace for trading illegal music offerings, according to a report on Hessian radio. The raids were conducted based in part on responses to the sting.

No arrests have been reported, but CDs with right-wing extremist content were taken as evidence, according to a police spokesperson in Stuttgart.

The operation, which reportedly was months in preparation, was aimed at stemming the spread of right-wing extremist material.

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