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Germany: New law enforcement chiefs appointed

Germany: New law enforcement chiefs appointed
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Germany’s interior minister has appointed new heads of the country’s law enforcement authorities.

Hans-Georg Maassen will now lead the domestic intelligence agency, while Dieter Roman takes up the top job at the federal police force.

The shake-up comes after authorities failed to identify and stop a neo-Nazi cell, suspected of killing 10 people between 2000 and 2007.

The murders of nine, mostly ethnic Turkish, immigrants and a police officer horrified Germans and badly dented the reputation of the security forces.

The former intelligence agency chief announced his departure following revelations that somebody in the organisation shredded files on the neo-Nazi cell.

According to a recent security report, radical Islamists and neo-Nazis pose the biggest threats to German rule of law.