First hammer attack, then GPS tracking, now Frauenknast: The case of left-wing extremist Lina E. (27)
Leipzig – Arson attacks on construction sites, attacks on the Connewitzer Police station – all of this has become almost part of everyday life in Leipzig. But attacks on people have also been increasing for a number of years, and not just in the trade fair city. Lina E. (27) is said to be responsible for some of them, arrested last November and has been in custody ever since. “Kripo Live – On the trail of the perpetrators” gives an insight into the investigation against the student.
For the first time in 20 years, the federal public prosecutor’s office is investigating a left-wing extremist group – the group whose leader is said to be 27-year-old Lina E. from Leipzig.
Since the student of education was arrested in her apartment on November 5, 2020, she has been in custody in the central women’s prison of the Chemnitz prison.
She is accused, among other things, of membership in a criminal organization, of communal dangerous bodily harm and of particularly serious breach of the peace.
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The allegations are serious and face several years’ imprisonment, but no charges have yet been brought.
Leipzig has become a hotspot for the violent, left-wing extremist scene, which has become more and more radical over the years, according to experts.
So apparently also Lina E., on whose account several acts of violence should go since the beginning of 2019.
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Back then, on January 8, 2019, the first crime with which the 27-year-old is associated occurs in Connewitz. Two sewer workers are attacked by five masked people, including a woman.
One of the victims is said to have worn a cap with an eagle emblem – one reason why a political motive is assumed. What evidence there is of Lina’s involvement is not known.
Nine months later, on 19th October 2019, between ten and 15 masked people carry out an attack on the Bull’s Eye bar in Eisenach, Thuringia, which is known as a hot spot in the scene.
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The operator, apparently a well-known right-wing extremist, and three guests are said to have defended themselves with beer mugs and bar stools against the attackers, who were armed with batons and irritant gas. Lina E. is said to have been involved here too.
Also on December 14th of the same year: Again the host (21) is attacked by a larger group – this time on his way home near his apartment. The 21-year-old and his companions were seriously injured, some of them life-threateningly, with hammers, sticks and other tools.
The results of the investigation by the LKA Sachsen weigh heavily on Lina E. And it appears to be making a critical mistake. One day before the crime, she is caught in a Leipzig hardware store trying to steal two hammers. This reported offense should be her undoing in retrospect.
But that’s not all. The escape vehicle, Linas VW Golf, is stopped by the police near the crime scene in Eisenach – hammers are found in the trunk, stolen license plates are attached to the vehicle, the correct ones are on the back seat. Conicidence?
Many acts of response after Lina’s arrest
As a result, Lina E. is observed by the police. Using a GPS transmitter on the car and a bug in the car, the investigators can collect further evidence. The alleged ringleader Lina is finally arrested.
“That’s the nice thing about police work. With diligence and meticulousness, once you have a thread to pull on, you keep pulling on it and then there are actually always new approaches, new perspectives, new information together then result in a picture “, says Dirk Münster, Head of the State Security Department, who heads Soko LinX.
Since then, in Connewitz, various actions have repeatedly called for the release of the young woman. Most recently, at the end of April, several vehicles from a car rental company in the east of the city were set on fire.
Shortly after the crime, a letter appeared on the Internet claiming: “Our comrade Lina is still in custody. We are angry about that and that’s why we set fire to a couple of car rental cars tonight. Let her go!”
Arson of this kind has been the order of the day for years. According to Dirk Münster, Lina will not be associated with the cases in Käthe-Kollwitz-Straße as well as at the former Technical Town Hall in 2019 and in Anger-Crottendorf in 2020.
You can see what investigators and experts see as the motivation and goals of the perpetrators on Wednesday evening at 9:15 p.m. in the MDR or in advance in the Media library see.
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