The Office for the Protection of the Constitution spied on human rights activist Rolf Gossner for 38 years. A court has now found the procedure to be unlawful.
Rolf Gossner in 2013 at the event "Protection of the Constitution – Practice Beyond the Laws?" Photo: dpa
The 38-year spying on Bremen human rights activist Rolf Gossner by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution was illegal and disproportionate from the start. This assessment, which the Cologne Administrative Court already came to seven years ago, was confirmed on Tuesday evening by the 16th Senate of the Higher Administrative Court (OVG) in Munster in the appeal hearing. It certified thereby again the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) to have hurt durably the most distinguished personal rights, which the Basic Law guarantees everyone.