Elisabeth R, 75, was arrested by German police in Rhineland-Palatinate on Thursday for plotting to kidnap Health Minister Karl Lauterbach and shut down the country’s electrical grid.
According to German sources, the woman is a theology professor at the University of Mainz and a former Protestant pastor.
Elisabeth R was detained in the German state of Saxony, and her residence was searched on suspicion that she was the leader of a radical gang plotting to kidnap the country’s health minister.
According to Reuters, the authorities stated that four additional suspects from her organization, ‘United Patriots,’ who opposed COVID-19 limitations, were captured in April after an abduction attempt failed.
A magistrate will later decide whether she should be detained in detention, according to the prosecutors, who said, “This grouping had set itself the goal of creating civil war-like conditions in Germany and thus ultimately to overthrow the federal government and parliamentary democracy.”
Elisabeth R was an active member of the violent anti-vaccine movement, which holds Lauterbach responsible for the nation’s hardline stance toward COVID-19 and views him as their archenemy.
In this context, the septuagenarian advocated conspiracies regarding the “secretive remodeling of brain structures” and made antisemitic statements about “global Jewry.”
She was suspected of involvement in the acquisition of firearms and explosives. The retired educator was reportedly rumored to have had recruitment discussions with prospective association members.