Asked last week by a reporter from German daily Tageszeitung to confirm whether he had purchased a hunting pistol from a member of the so-called Nordkreuz group, Caffier had insisted the issue was a “private matter,” prompting widespread criticism.
The Nordkreuz group, whose name in German means Northern Cross, had been preparing for a possible collapse of the German state and ensuing violent unrest, during which they planned to target political enemies.
Caffier, who was in the post for 14 years, oversaw the work of police and intelligence agencies tasked with investigating the group.
In his statement, Caffier said he was resigning to “protect my family, the people around me and my staff” and to “avert damage from the government.” He blasted what he called “unrestrained reporting” in the case.
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