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BERLIN, Jan 23 — Prosecutors brought high treason charges against five people who allegedly planned to kidnap the health minister and were prepared to kill in order to topple the German government, the attorney general said today.

The group, formed in mid-January 2022, had set itself the goal “of triggering civil war-like conditions in Germany by means of violence” in the hope of overthrowing the government and parliamentary democracy, the prosecutor said in a statement.

All five have been in custody since last year, when authorities first revealed the details of the alleged plot. — Reuters